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Monthly Archive for November, 2013

Learn With Me

It is usually her brother who finds me first. In the morning. As the dark is beginning to leave. His six-year old legs stretch from his bottom bunk and he stumbles in my direction with an empty stomach and a heart needing a refill. And I am ready. Always ready. Because my heart needs them […]

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The 50 cent Lesson

Our soccer friends were much more generous than we. As in. Their pockets and purses emptied two quarters at a time. Six year old boys and their little brothers tugged at their dad’s sleeves or their mom’s and sputtered with bottom lips that they needed another quarter. Or maybe two. And with a blind hand, […]

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The Missing Fruit

In the same van where he dropped a booger off his fingernail yesterday and where his soccer cleats are rotting, my son is trying to remember the verse. The one that rattles off all the fruits of the Spirit. “The fruits of the Spirit,” he says, “are love, joy, peace, patience…and…” He is stuck. I […]

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Where the Words Hide

The child who builds cities and roadways with his hands. Roadways that loop down our stairway with train tracks that balance on blocks and wind through the patch of pumpkins below the counter we haven’t carved. And whose buildings teeter scrupulously, in full color and imagined function. Who has turned our hallway into a speedway. […]

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Ender’s Game

It has been ten years since I held my heart. Held it like it might surge out of my chest if I didn’t. Held it with one hand in calm silence while I stood before them and watched. Already it was different for them. Different because a book can do that–make a difference. Different because each […]

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