Those First Days

It is the first day of school.  I stand there in the lobby, greeting students as they enter.  Scrubbed, sun-kissed, sparkly-eyed kids, excited kids, ready for school.  Nervous parents holding the hands of their five year olds.  "Can I help you?" I ask. "Yes, thanks! Where is Mrs. Berg's room." I smile and I show … Continue reading Those First Days

Ketchikan Perspective

Ahhh.... The prompt word is "tender."  I am late for work but am going to post what first comes to my mind when I think of this word.  Tender. The first word is not the sweet way a mamma holds a new baby, or the way lovers might look at each other.  No.  This time … Continue reading Ketchikan Perspective

Four Prompt Words in Two Sentences, Thank-You-Very-Much

"Ten days," She groaned, "There are only ten days.  I have started some sort of abominable countdown till school starts and we have to go back to work." "Piffle", I reply, all effervescent and shiny, "It has been a glorious summer, long and sunny with all the ingredients needed for kids to come back healthy, … Continue reading Four Prompt Words in Two Sentences, Thank-You-Very-Much

Welcome Back

It is only August 4th.  There are still weeks of summer left.  Of summer, of morning spent reading and writing blog posts. Of sun, of relaxing afternoons reading escapist novels.  Thrillers with no no literary merit - the kind that suck you in and you read in a day.  But something about this rainy Saturday, … Continue reading Welcome Back

Serendipity of the Itchy Kind

When one of the girls came home with lice I was horrified! Just horrified. My entire childhood and the first ten years as a parent I had never heard of a single case. I knew there was such a thing, but I had never seen a louse before.  Had never known anyone that had one … Continue reading Serendipity of the Itchy Kind

To Trekkie or Not to Trekkie

My mind swirled with the prompt today.  Exceptional. So many things popped in my head, but one kept surfacing and resurfacing and that is the many exceptional teachers I have worked with over the years. And of those exceptional teachers, one kept floating to the top. Celia E. You see, I was a new, brand … Continue reading To Trekkie or Not to Trekkie

Day One

Day one.  The buses are pulling out of the parking lot, I turn off the lights, lock my door and stagger out to the car.  I call my husband and uttered, "Pizza.  Pizza and wine."  Once home, my head hits the couch and I fall asleep. But in spite of how exhausting it is, I … Continue reading Day One

Getting an “A”

It was the day before the end of a school quarter when we learned that Laura had not turned in a major school project.  Apparently, it was a "partner project" and, Lucky Laura, her partner was a flake. Laura does not like confrontation, but we stood beside her while she called her partner.  As we … Continue reading Getting an “A”

My Corner of the World

My daughter Laura, who lives in the south has been hit with thunderstorms and rain all summer.  Last night a Category 4 hurricane hit land not far from where she lives.  By comparison, my daughters, Sarah and Gracie, live in the Pacific Northwest and they are experiencing a record breaking number of days without rain, … Continue reading My Corner of the World