What Flunking Out of Second Grade Feels Like

And the lifelong fear of failure that came with it

As soon as I heard that rollicking Elton John piano song, Crocodile Rock, come on the radio, I jumped up on my brother’s bed and started dancing like a possessed child.

My brother said my stiff movements looked like one of those old guys down at the local Elk’s Lodge doing a Leprechaun Dance after they drank a…