A Walk in the Park

I left my computer at home today.  But I was sure to bring along my notebooks. My professional one, in case I decided to dig into my latest work on whole-group reading instruction. My fictional one, so that I could capture the thoughts that came to me as I was straightening my hair this morning. …

Prognosis

“I don’t like it.” He says what we’ve been thinking.  Of course it can’t be good.  “It’s better than it could have been.” The Mayo Clinic reports, “The most common cause of aphasia is brain damage resulting from a stroke — the blockage or rupture of a blood vessel in the brain. Loss of blood…

If this isn’t

“Is this rain or snow?” she asks.  My windshield wipers aren’t quite keeping up enough to be able to see what is falling before it hits. I kick them into high gear. “Rain, I think,” I tell her.  “At least for now.” The sun is setting somewhere behind us and we are headed back down…

Forty by Sixty

Right now there is an empty space at the bottom of our property. Estimates. Permits. Refinance and closing. Contractors pouring concrete, setting frames, attaching siding, setting joists, laying roof panels. Inspectors signing off. Then a weekend or more of moving, hauling, delivery and installation. So little stands between now and the days, come fall, when…

Ready for anything

Most days I wear contacts; wearing them lets me wear sunglasses and makes me feel put-together.  When it’s cloudy and grey or the end of a week of long nights, I’ll leave them at home in their cups on the counter. However, if it is a put-together day, I never leave home without my glasses….

Raised a reader

It started as a tug at my heart on the way home, one wishing for more time with my mom.  That was answered by a gentle nudge as I remembered the question at #CCIRA18 about the experience that turned me into a reader. That was echoed in a friend’s “A reader is who I am” blog…

All’s well

Sleeping in well-past nine. Racing to the neighbor’s drive. A six-plate breakfast at the little cafe, A long wait for food that was well-worth the wait. A trip to the river, cleaning up trash, A slip through the ice with a sudden cold splash. Video game-time is all well and good When it’s three of…

’til then

Hey Daddy, I was wondering when I’d hear from you. I’m not surprised you found your way through. I thought if I lived like you’d never go, You’d always be here and I’d never know what it feels like to wish you’d be there in my dreams and to fill in the space between breaths…

Until then

Hello there. I was wondering when I’d hear from you. I’m not surprised you found someone who simply lets you be. We knew it wasn’t me. We used to spend every day together, we’d ride home together and fall asleep together. Everywhere I found space to myself, there you were. And then one day, I…

We do

Your best friend pushed you in my direction. You took the next step, asking for my affection. Took the shape of ten digits in black Sharpie scrawl on the back of your hand and then our first call.   I got grounded that weekend for talking too long and sorry or not; it didn’t feel…

I see you

When my daughter was four, we happened upon her first non-animated (is it live-action?) movie:  Avatar.  She loved the blue people and the way I would read the translations to her.  We watched it so many times that summer that eventually she could tell me what they were saying.  She made me fast-forward the part where the daddy…

Someday

Someday I will open doors where these windows are, where these windows let in light from beyond, where these windows let in the view from across the valley. Someday I will step out into that space from here, into that space that will be enclosed from the cold–at least partially, into that space that will…