Nightmares

"I had a nightmare last night," says Declan. "'I'm sorry about that.  I have nightmares, too. " I say. “You, Mommy? What do you have nightmares about?" He leans in for the answer.  “Running out of money. Being sick.  Not being able to pay the bills…”  “That’s not a...

What Teachers Really Do During Lunch

I have to go to the bathroom.  I wish the bell would ring. It finally does. I really don't have to go, but I know I'd better try because I've only got one shot to go during the day...my mother always made me try "just in case." That and teaching made me paranoid. Most...

‘Twas the Month Before E-Christmas

Twas the month before Christmas and all through the house The tree decorated, no fight from the spouse. Each year we argue with all of our might About bangles and ornaments--those god-blasted lights. "The red bows are cluttered,  they can't all go there!" I put more...

The Purest Smile

I put the phone in my pocket when I get off the train.  I need to see the direction of the flow of people and get on my way. "Watch your step as you exit the train."  It's the standard recording.  I step out of the car and into the stream, the river, the ocean of...

How Pokemon Cards Came to Represent Jesus

"Mom, look what he gave me!"  It was a Pokemon card.  It was shiny.  I don't know much about Pokemon, but I know shiny is good.  Conquests and wars have been based on nations getting more shiny things. "Can you believe it?" he says.  "That was dumb!  This card can...

Monday I’ve got Friday on My Mind… 

Friday.  God's gift to the universe. "You've got to send me the calendar dates not the days," said my friend.  "Days of the week mean nothing to me."  That's how it is in the rest of the world.  Not schools. Days of the week are everything in schools. Monday:  The day...