Kids and Family
New Beginnings

New Beginnings

The New Year is always a good time to talk about new beginnings and fresh starts. With that in mind, I've written a little story on the birth of a child, since there’s nothing that leaves us with brighter expectation and hope. This summer one of the teachers, at the...

Oh, Christmas Tree!

Oh, Christmas Tree!

I work in a small, country school. It’s a great place to be at Christmas, even one overshadowed by the ominous threat of a virus, because kids are always filled with anticipation, innocent wonder and the joy of the season. Pictures thanks to Unsplash The other day,...

Be Good For Goodness Sake!

Be Good For Goodness Sake!

There’s never been more emphasis on buying local and supporting small business as this Christmas, for obvious reasons. I’ve tried to do my part and found it a rewarding experience that I’ll repeat in coming years. It’s good for our community, the economy and for us...

Trial and Error

Trial and Error

“Mrs. Toews, if I fill two of these one-fourths, will it make one-eighth?” The little girl squinted at me through a cloud of flour. Cooking class was in full swing, and today the kids were making cookies-in-a-mug. It was a bit tricky to keep an eye on everyone at...

Rumors

Rumors

This week I caught a rumor in the making at my school. Fortunately, I was able to intervene with the truth before it got out of hand and became something it wasn’t. It all started when I walked over to chat with a few junior high girls as they lounged near the school...

Compliance Is Key!

Compliance Is Key!

And so, the first few days of school have passed without casualty or disaster (you’ll notice I didn’t say without complaint). There are a plethora of rules to follow, in order to keep everyone safe, but school staff and kids have accepted them gladly since we’re all...

“WH” Questions

“WH” Questions

Language arts classes have begun again, in schools everywhere, and I’m glad of it. Of course, I’m not a student. I’m not gripping the wrong end of a pencil and staring into space as my teacher explains the elements of a narrative. I’m not doodling a picture of Super...

Graduation Day

Graduation Day

It was a busy and emotional time this June, as our youngest daughter Aliyah graduated from high school. We’re very proud of our girl, as I know other parents are equally proud of their sons and daughters. Each graduate has worked hard to reach this golden pinnacle of...

Meeting the Folks

Meeting the Folks

A while back, our eighteen year old daughter, Aliyah, summoned her courage and announced she had a boyfriend. Naturally, we were expecting this to happen – one day – maybe somewhere in the distant future when she turned 35. Sigh. Aliyah and Arron In any case, Aliyah...

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