Did you know that if you wave your hand at just the right speed in front of your face, with your fingers spread apart, and one eye closed, things that move look really jerky.
I discovered this one day on the playground.
It was really cool.
It was especially funny watching my teacher this way.
It looked like she was jumping from one position to another with no time in between.
You raised your hand. Do you know the answer?
Were you listening? Do you know what the question is?
If you don’t know the answer, why did you raise your hand?
I tried to explain about the cool thing I’d just discovered, but she didn’t understand what I was saying. The rest of the class started laughing at me.
I burst in to tears, partly from frustration, but mostly from embarrassment. This got me sent to the boy’s bathroom until I was finished crying, which was the worst embarrassment of all.
After I calmed down I went back to the classroom, which set off another round of giggles, but this time I didn’t cry. I couldn’t wait for the bell to ring. I had a new and exciting secret. I had to sit on my hands to keep from experimenting with my discovery.
I could make anything into a stop-action movie just by waving my hand.
I was a magician!