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POGO GOALS Morgan Norris, a second grader at River Oaks Baptist School (at left, with friend Townes Johnson), eventually learned how to jump on the pogo stick he received for Christmas.
On Dec. 24, 2017, there was a big brown box under our Christmas tree with a golden bow tied on top. It was almost as big as me, and the tag said “To Morgan.” It was from my Aunt Ruth and Uncle Tyler. I was begging my mom for clues, but she said she didn’t know what was inside. Waiting until Christmas to open it was so hard, and I kept trying to peek inside.
The next morning, my sister and I opened our presents, but I saved the big brown box for last. I had a feeling it would be the best one. When I finally opened it, I saw a shiny red pogo stick! As soon as I took it out, I ran to my back door porch to try it out.
At first, it was really hard, and I couldn’t balance on it even for a single jump. My older sister Natalia tried and could do it. My parents said it was because I didn’t weigh enough to make the spring bounce. I tried and tried all day but could only get up to five jumps in a row before I fell off. I was beginning to think my Christmas gift was going to become Natalia’s gift instead of mine.
All during Christmas break, I tried again and again to jump, and, one time, my dad held my body so I could feel what it felt like to keep both feet off the ground. Days before I had to go back to school, I had my best friend over for a sleepover. His name is Townes and has known me since kindergarten. He asked to see what I got for Christmas, so I showed him my pogo stick. He wanted to try it out and was pretty good after several tries.
After a lot more practice, both of us learned how to jump on my pogo stick! I feel good that I can do it now and will remember that I should never give up. I love my new pogo stick, and my best record for the number of jumps is 209.
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