“Because I really don’t mean to… because, Mom, there’s lots of girls in my class who don’t run very fast.”
“Is it OK if I run backwards? Because, I’m kind of having a hard time running this slow — but that’s not because you’re bad or anything… because there are lots of girls in my class who run slower than you.
“Seriously? Are you not kidding…is this your run? Am I hurting your feelings? I don’t mean to. I just want to know, is this your run? Because it feels like you’re walking. But — at least you’re here, right? At least you’re running.”
“I’m just going to run up ahead here to that creek — and stop for awhile and see if I can see some turtles… you’ll be OK by yourself, here, right Mom?”