I have to consistently remember that my kids have to be allowed to be their own selves. I know this as they will eventually attend the same school I teach at. I know this as I pursue my own writing. I know this as someone who spent most of her adolescence struggling with finding my own identity separate from my dad’s position. Our children don’t get to choose the childhood we’ve given them. Let’s at least give them the freedom to find their way through that childhood.
We walked up the path and away from the Rio Grande, our heads and hearts full after two hours exploring Boquillas, the Mexican village on the other side of the river across from Big Bend National Park. “Mom,” our daughter started, “Everyone there was so nice.” My husband and I looked at each other. The … Continue reading We Need Each Other
One of the many things that drives me crazy in this increasingly polarized political and social environment is the “whataboutism” that rises whenever someone presents a suggestion for any change intended to make a positive impact. And as we watch fires rage through different parts of our globe, I find this particularly frustrating when normally … Continue reading Focusing On Small Changes For a Bigger Impact In 2020
I wasn’t going to do it. After all, I’m a teacher who writes, not a professional writer with a huge audience. But as I look to my distant future, the one that includes kids out of the house (GULP!) and eventual retirement, I know that I want writing to be a part of that. Twenty … Continue reading So I Caved and Started a Facebook Page