Mornings: When a Slice Doesn’t Work #sol15

I’ve had this idea for a slice I want to write about mornings. I’ve started it a few times now. It’s supposed to be an easy piece that captures my favorite moment of the day. Brief. Sweet. The words need to skip across the page. Float. I see the piece like a butterfly, fluttering, airy,…

What My Son Learned in Sixth Grade: Slice of Life #sol15

How to organize a binder. Filing papers in binders is the most important task a twelve-year-old can learn. The binders must be neat. The papers must be in their correct chronological order. The binders must always come to class. Otherwise, points off! Failing grades! He wasn’t allowed to bring many papers home during the school year.…

Christian’s Mom: Slice of Life #sol15 3/31/15

First track meet of the season, and I’ve done some creative scheduling at work so that I can be there. Intellectually, I know what I’m in for: six hours of sitting on cold concrete bleachers to watch my son compete in four events for under one minute in total. But my body hasn’t quite caught…

The Talk: Slice of Life #sol15

My son and I had “the talk” on Saturday. Not that talk. I only wish we could have been talking about sex. Talking about sex is so easy. A lot easier than talking to your black son about race in America. I’ve been trying to find a way to have the talk with him for…