One of my students asked me today why I hadn’t written anything in a while– a while meaning nine days not six months. “Cut me some slack,” I requested, “sometimes there is just too much to write and you don’t know where to start.” One, I love that he was looking forward to my next… Continue reading Finding Nuggets of Hope
Hard to imagine our ancestors thinking, “How dare we give women the right to vote? Hard to imagine brains who were shocked and awed by this appalling concept. Hard to imagine there was a time when people fought hard to prevent women from voting. Not just a few people either– the majority of folks in… Continue reading August 26, 1920: Giving Women the Right to Vote? How Dare you!
Writer wife teacher mom is on summer vacation! Two weeks in now, and I’d like to say I’m totally relaxed, reading books by the river, watching my kids frolic with one another in the yard, “Mom, this is the best summer ever! Can we just stay home and play outside all day? ” Yeah, no,… Continue reading Summer Mother Mojo
Dear Daughter: Today, we visited the pediatrician for your “well child visit.” When she asked what kind of books you liked to read, I expected you to say Fancy Nancy or Junie B. Jones as that is what we are reading together. But no, you quietly responded, “Fiction,” as if being interviewed by The Yorker… Continue reading For a Daughter, Age 6
Dear future love of our little boy’s life, We tell our children they may or may not choose to marry someone when they grow up. But if they do choose marriage, they should wait at least 20 years before settling down completely to adult responsibilities like spouses and children. And writing this to you now… Continue reading An Open Letter to the Future Love of Our Little Boy’s Life
Believe it or not, this is me, yesterday, busting out The Worm in front of a school wide assembly with a rock concert designed to make students (and apparently staff alike) think about the choices we make in life. Yes, this was a dance off, and, clearly, when one is willing to throw down the… Continue reading Dancing is Our Jam
Happy Mothers’ Day! My weekend began Friday after school when my fellow colleague, friend, and daughter’s kindergarten teacher, rolled down her car window smiling and nodding that knowing grin all elementary teachers have (This is reference back to my blog regarding the 50% rule: https://heatherkrill.com/2016/10/19/the-50-rule/.) “Wait until you see the special PINK card in her… Continue reading Mothers’ Day: When Expecting Less is Actually More