Month: December 2015

When English teachers have nightmares

Last night I dreamed that Spring Semester began and when I arrived to teach my 8:30 section, it was a university auditorium classroom with 5,000 students. “What happened to the 23-student cap in writing classes?” I asked the Writing Program Administrator in horror. “They all have 23 students except this section. It’s just really big. No one likes to teach…

Earthward winging, Christmas bringing

My childhood Christmases glowed. They really did, every year. It’s a little bit nostalgia and a lot totally true. Glorious things happened, like Santa bringing us a family-sized tent and setting it up IN OUR FAMILY ROOM as we slept. We got a hammock, once, and left it swinging in the kitchen all through Christmas Break. Santa was such a cool cat. One…

Dutch is back

Jeff is home now. He’s been away working for the better part of the month which means that I’ve lost my mind. My house has become a facility where I am sole caretaker, janitor, punching bag, and warden. It doesn’t feel Christmas-y. It feels manic. Anyway, Dutch is back. Things are looking up. A few things crystallized for me while…

Editing Christmas

Jack and the Christmas tree had their first smack down of the season yesterday. So the respite sitter (who caught the tree before it was completely felled) and I put the ornaments back on. You know how decorating the tree at the beginning of the season is fun and exciting? Well redecorating it because somebody tipped it over ten days…

Quiet Sounds

My mom read me a picture book when I was little about a man who lives in a cabin in the woods. I can’t remember the name of it to save my life, but I can vividly see the almost woodcut-looking illustrations in my mind. Anyhow, it’s about this man who lives alone and is bothered by all the ambient…

Love/Hate

I have this recurring sense that my life is constructed of extremes. Some days, this is what I think: *My time and opportunities are awfully, horribly confined by the needs of my kids. *My energy is perpetually sucked away by the nature of the disabilities in my house. *There is so much we can’t do as a family. *Our house…

Reasons Why I’m Happy

A) Jack has been really happy this week, mostly.  B) Dutch didn’t have to go out of town for work. C) I am at the end of my first semester back at teaching college writing and I survived it.  D) I have a bank of lessons and experiences to draw from for next semester and beyond. E) I have the…