A Walk in the PARCC

Quiet. Now Click,  click,  click. Guided access on, The script takes over; Our teachers Turn to machines: Read,  look up, Pace the aisles. Check. Double-check. Triple-check.   Relax. We got this. Headphones on,  we check. Double-check. Triple-check. We sign in. Now Start,  start,  start. We may begin. The test takes over; We turn into machines:…

Validation

NARRATOR:  It’s been a hard day for lots of reasons. HER: (putting up one finger for the first of many reasons; in a whining voice) My friend is getting teased by someone she used to be friends with. ME: Doesn’t she just hang out with you when that happens? HER: Yeah, but they’re just being so mean…

Zombie Apocalypse

I had no idea this was a real.  This zombie apocalypse.  Until–that is–last Sunday when the three of us were home together and the temperatures outside had us tucked in and under layers of fleece. Oh, and there was a tent in my living room. A stack of books by my bed. A writer’s notebook…

At Last

It’s time to write my slice… Write after I eat dinner watch The Voice on DVR shop for dresses join a Twitter chat (#ReadingScience) shop for sandals unload the dishwasher try to register for a spring kickball league convince Cam to take a shower read last night’s comments answer to the cry for “Mommmmm…” diagnose the newest…

Forever Friends

When I was little, my best friend did not go to my school and did not live in my neighborhood.  We shared a middle name, a love for playing pretend, and a dance floor three times a week. I’d wait until 10 am to call on the weekends, so that her mom–who worked the night…

Our Father’s

We are our fathers’ sons and daughters. A colleague of mine saw the passing of his dad over spring break this year.  Mine died on the day before spring break ten years ago.  I didn’t know his dad the way others in our community did.  I knew mine better than anyone, next to my mom….

At Every Stop

Our anniversary came on a Sunday this year, just like it did for our first one.  There was no wedding cake left to enjoy, we did not walk along the streets downtown, stay out all night, nor stay in a fancy hotel.  Actually, we forgot that it was any sort of special occasion.  We woke, we…

I Know a Place

I know a place where silence echoes off the bay. Where the water is still as glass. Where ducks make a music I have never heard, strumming the surface as they plunge under and come bobbing up. Where the sun arm-wrestles the wind and wins. Where a morning moment is followed by many more. Where…

Morning Moment

The morning is quiet;  this moment is still. We’ve hiked and boated and seen the wonders of this world.  But right now,  with the soundtrack of their sleeping breaths,  this vacation takes on a different feel.  Quiet. Still. Today we will drive; today we will travel. We will hike more, see more,  do more. But…

Skywalker

I did it! We stand in line for what seems like forever.  The only thing that passes the time is playing the hand flip-flop game with my mom. You know the one?  Where she puts her hands on top of mine,  with her ring turned into her palm, and I try to slap her hands…

24 Minutes

Twenty-four minutes might not be enough time to capture the today I’ve had. Awake with a cup of coffee from the first clean in-room coffee pot.  Cereal without milk, but blueberries to make the meal.  A drive across state lines to the river’s edge.  A boat rental, a trip downstream, sandwiches in the cove where…

Oh, Google.

This is what Google thought I should write today, one suggested word at a time: I have been the most important part of my own personal information. In a while, the rest of your life and death are the most important things in the world. I’m not sure if you are looking for a few…