Maria met us at the back gate. She wore a sheer purple tunic over her bathing suit and in her hand was a glass with what looked like coca cola in it. The midafternoon heat was sweltering, and a cold soft drink sounded amazing, but she didn’t offer and I didn’t ask. We shook hands, … Continue reading The Joy of Home
It was early May, and I was in the car on the way home from work. When you work in a school, May is perhaps one of the busiest times of year, and it is also a time of celebration. May means final exams, yes. But it also means prom, awards ceremonies, and graduation. As … Continue reading the only way out is through
We were in the car, on the way to Marco’s weekly golf lesson, and Marco was telling me about an incident that had happened at school. It seems he and another boy had a dispute with two girls during recess. The other boy and one of the girls got angry enough that the dispute got … Continue reading There is no forgiveness, only acceptance.
Note: This is a graduation speech that I was asked to give in June 2013 for a one-man graduating class. I have realized that it's actually harder to write for other people than it is to write for myself, but it's infinitely more gratifying. Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, parents, students, Louise, Dani, and guests. … Continue reading Commencement speech given for a special young man in June 2013
From The hand that first held mine, by Maggie O'Farrell The women we become after children. We change shape, we buy low-heeled shoes, we cut off our long hair. We begin to carry in our bags half-eaten rusks, a small tractor, a shred of beloved fabric, a plastic doll. We lose muscle tone, sleep, reason, … Continue reading Inspiration from others, 2
Many of us crucify ourselves between two thieves - regret for the past and fear of the future. - Fulton Oursler The only way out is through. - Various If you only do what you can do, you will never be more than you are now. - Master Shifu (Kung Fu Panda) Well done is … Continue reading Inspiration from others, 1
As parents, we go through stages with our children that depend both on where they are in their development, and on where we stand with our own levels of patience, emotion, and energy. How much we love our children is the unshakeable foundation that brings us back, even after we’ve already threatened to disown the … Continue reading Ode to Nacho