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Off and Running by Gary Soto

decorated

added things to make something more attractive

beckoned

signaled in some way, often with a gesture

gradually

slowly over a period of time

hesitated

paused before you said or did something

prodded

encouraged to do something

debate

a formal public discussion about specific issues

stalled

delayed; stopped

scanned

quickly looked over

shaken

upset

inflated

filled with air

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