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Jealous of Our Dog

Tuesday, I got to school expecting to be teaching 8th grade and instead was asked to cover 6th grade math/reading classes. Aside from the fact that the 6th graders act like their parents feed them acid for breakfast, it was an ok day. But I came home to an email from...

And We All Lived to Tell About It

Yes, we all survived Spring Break, hallelujah! It was touch and go a couple of times, but we made it. No stretch of days seems to pass here lately without some serious life lessons involved. Life lesson realizations, more accurately. You know, when I made the decision...

What A Difference a Judge Makes

At 3:45pm my phone rang. It was Adopted Son. “Mama! The judge said I HAVE to stay with you and go to school, or he’s sending me back to jail! Can I?” was his opening line. Relief doesn’t begin to describe how I felt just hearing his voice. I...

Dissonance In the Melody of Life

Adopted Son achieved a small victory yesterday. He chose to keep his cool instead of giving in to the urge to beat the crap out of someone provoking him at school. Even after he got home, his contained rage was still palpable, so when I asked, “How was your...