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What it Costs

Silas is a mix of snot and fumbled fingers. His wad of toilet paper in his front pocket is at the ready for when frustration signals his nose to run. Or for when his brain says, “enough,” and I’ve asked him to try one more time. He can catch the tears there, too. I’m in […]

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Twice Redeemed

Redemption wears different faces. But mine mostly looks like this—his shoulder near hers, his ears relying on the speed of her tongue to make sense of the letters and words, her hands tilted, so that he can see the pages. Then…when she giggle-reads at the funny parts, his own laughter is sudden and full and together their […]

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Beyond Entertained

There’s nothing wrong with Scott Joplin’s The Entertainer. Nor the modified version, which my daughter’s been plunking out on the piano.   For the last six months. What’s wrong is that each time I hear the thing, I keep hearing the thing.  The melody. The rhythm. All still in my head.  Yay. This morning, as The […]

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Tiny Tune

It didn’t last long.  Thirty-eight seconds or so. But the duet my daughter played with her piano teacher was music–like real notes and stuff…and it was beautiful. Half a count after the last note, my daughter sprung from the bench, bowed haphazardly in the direction of the piano and then eyed the floor shyly as she […]

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There’s a Place in France…

I don’t remember the song being called “The Snake Charmer.”  But then what I remember with the same tune didn’t have a name at all.  Because… because it’s jingles like these that don’t really go out of the consciousness once they’re in there.  Neither do the words. And so as my daughter’s piano teacher assigned her “The […]

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