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Dear Parents: Spend Time With Your Child

The other day I was watching some children.  I wore my wrist brace since my wrist had been bothering me lately (I think it’s carpel tunnel).

“I wish I had to wear that,” said the little girl next to me.   Continue reading Dear Parents: Spend Time With Your Child

It’s Okay To Look Back

Keep going.  Move forward.  Don’t look back.

We are told these things growing up.  It is meant as an encouragement.  We’re told to never give up, to reach for the stars.  Don’t let our pasts hold us back.

But what if we reach the point where the only way to move forward is to work through our pasts? Continue reading It’s Okay To Look Back

Whose Lives REALLY MATTER?

“The girl with the brown skin. . .”

That’s how I described my third-grade best friend to my mom – before I knew about racism, before I knew about slavery.  To me it was as simple as describing someone’s hair color.  I loved my best friend, and I didn’t see her any different from myself.  We played together every day at recess, and I even shared with her the secret of my crush from second grade. Continue reading Whose Lives REALLY MATTER?

My Typical School Morning

A school day.  I awaken against my will to the kisses of our German Shepherd hours before I had to get up.

Ignoring her wouldn’t help – Lucy would cry and cry for me to get up and let her outside to lie in the first rays of sunshine. Continue reading My Typical School Morning