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Tantrum Tantrum

I come from quite a large family by today's standards. I'm the second of 9 children, all of which come from the same two parents. We older kids not only babysat, but taught and instructed the younger ones as they came along. From shoe tying to reading to tree climbing to prayers before bed, they… Continue reading Tantrum Tantrum

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“I don’t want eyelashes!”

Today isn't even half over and my second graders have made me laugh more than usual. In our science class we've reached the unit on the body and its systems and how to keep it healthy. We've been talking a lot about cells, and also about the digestive system. Both of these discussions led to… Continue reading “I don’t want eyelashes!”

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A tadpole named Dog

Today was the first day back at school after Christmas break. Needless to say, the kids were a little wild. My theory is that their parents are not only happy to be able to ditch them for 8 hours, they're also so fed up with them that they want others to be able to truly… Continue reading A tadpole named Dog

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God Bless America…

You know you live in the 'land of the free and the home of the brave' when all of your second grade students think that The Star Spangled Banner, our national anthem, is a Christmas carol, and request it to be played for the end of the year party because, as they say, it's the best… Continue reading God Bless America…

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Kid Shit

Miss Rataaaaajczak, somebody peed on the carpet! Miss Ratajczak, how do you spell a... A what? A... like a dog, or a cat. A? ...you spell it... 'a'. That's it. That's it? That's it, I swear. How about this, Miss Ratajczak - if I stop picking my nose and eating it you can give me… Continue reading Kid Shit

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Dog Names…

My father says that if you want a really good name for a dog, you should find something with as few syllables as possible, to make repeated calling of the name less tedious, and that it should be composed of the sort of sounds which carry farthest and loudest when screamed. My father wants to have a… Continue reading Dog Names…

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First Snow

Well, maybe it can't in all honesty be called first snow. It did snow about a week ago, but it didn't stick at all, and was melted by the time I got to work in the morning. But this is the first snow, the kind that makes it so you can't see on the highway and you… Continue reading First Snow

the story so far

My Sister Friend

So maybe we never really considered each other Older Sister and Younger Sister, but maybe there will always be that part of me that wants to keep her close and looked after, even as a grown up married woman. Maybe it's because she's a tough little spitfire that I want to be around to help preserve the beautiful little girl that still lives in her heart.

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My First Memory

Five o’clock pm of July 26 was the time of my first breath in this world. It was 1991, and we were in northern Idaho. My first memories were not emblazoned upon my mind for years to come. We moved to the east coast when I was two years old, which didn’t leave much to… Continue reading My First Memory

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Poop and Love

Well folks, I suppose I should've learned by now to take the good with the bad. It's just all so confusing though. Who knew that the life of a second grade teacher could be so filled with internal conflict and contrary dialogue?! In any one moment I can go from completely hating small children, to… Continue reading Poop and Love