A Gift

Today is Christmas Day. A quiet and unusual Christmas Day for us. Our children do not arrive until later this week. The tree is sagging. The light in the Moravian star has burned out. I’m recovering from the flu, and still eating toast and tea. Poor Tim will probably...

In Season

Seasons. With few exceptions, our favorite season is not year-round. In the wilting heat of summer, one could don a scarf and mittens to experience winter’s chill by opening freezer doors in the grocery store or recreate summer by sitting, bikini-clad, in front of the...

The Importance of Four

“Four on the floor.” As a first-grade teacher, I reminded students hundreds of times, maybe thousands. Why? Safety, of course. As parents and teachers we understand the dangers involved just as drivers know to keep four tires on the road. And when we are stressed, we...

Kindergarten Never Ends

First child. First day of kindergarten. Surely he’d look back and wave or drag his feet or refuse to release my hand and beg me to stay. Nope. Before inviting us to leave, the teacher gave each parent an apple shaped nametag that read: “Be nice to me. My child...