A couple of weeks ago, I learned that a woman, Mary, that I knew when I lived in Williamsburg, VA, had died. She wasn’t on Facebook, so I hadn’t heard from her in a while, but hearing that she had passed was a great loss, not just for me, but for so many people. Mary was one of those women who seemed to have one goal – to make everyone around her happier. She took joy in the world around her and she passed it along to others. She, quietly and without asking for anything in return, gave of herself to make everyone else better. It made me think a bit about my own life. Continue reading Friends When You Need Them
“Daddy,” Guppy started. “I have a problem.” Alright, I figured. She’s 6, so whatever it is, I can probably handle it. I tell her to lay it on me. So she explains to me that, “if we’re in the music room, and there’s a lockdown drill, where will we hide? The closet is full of music stands.” Continue reading Lockdown Drills Should Not Be the New Normal
A small child got away from his mother, and fell into a gorilla enclosure. The gorilla was killed, the boy was saved, and everyone blamed the parents. A small child was wading in the water in Florida, an alligator came and attacked him, dragging him underwater, and the boy died. And everyone blamed the parents. We used to have solidarity, backing each other up. Now we have social media, and it is very easy to hit send, and trash everyone else.
Slowly but surely (and with a few technical hiccups), Guppy and I are watching Star Wars (Machete order, ignoring Episode 1 for now). It is a little strange for her to watch the movies though because it is not her first exposure to the series. She plays Star Wars with her friends at school, who have told her the stories. The other night, she bought Star Wars Stories in Five Minutes from the bookstore. She knows what is going to happen (at least in broad strokes). Continue reading Guppy and Star Wars