In chapter one of The Giver, Jonas is feeling anxious. At first he thinks he is frightened, but realizes it is apprehension he is feeling. The Ceremony of Twelve is coming up, and this is a big deal for all the kids who are eleven. At this ceremony the kids will find out what their jobs will be, and they will have these jobs until they have to go to the home for the old. Jonas is apprehensive about what job will be chosen for him.
He had waited a long time for this special December. Now that it was almost upon him, he wasn't frightened, but he was...eager, he decided. He was eager for it to come. And he was excited, certainly. All of the Elevens were excited about the event that would be coming soon.
But there was a little shudder of nervousness when he thought about it, about what might happen.
Apprehensive, Jonas decided. That's what I am.
This ceremony is the most important part of a young person's life, and Jonas is well aware of that. Whatever job they will be given at this ceremony, they will have until it is time for them to "retire". Little does Jonas know that the job he gets is going to change his life forever.