Remembering...

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Last summer, we piled the kids in the car and went on a normal-for-us trek across the globe, landing in historic Washington, D.C. If you've never been, it's a wonderful trip. The entire Smithsonian is free. Monuments. Science Museums. History museums. Arlington Cemetary. The Zoo. It's all amazingly, wondrously available with no entry charges. One of our must-do's on the trip was Arlington National Cemetery, to visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. On the day we visited, rain was coming down in buckets (as some of my friends in the south say, it come up a flood!) and we...
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Dear Teacher

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Dear Teacher, When we walked into your classroom nine months ago, the kids were younger. I was younger.  We were younger. That first day, they brought more than crayons, and markers, and index cards, and wide-ruled paper. They brought dreams and hopes and future goals, neatly packaged into a 12" x 12" crate lined up against a wall. Every morning since that first morning, I passed my human batons to you in the marathon of youth, and each afternoon, you'd pass them back. Smarter. Wiser. Taller. Full of stories of what they'd learned, how you'd stretched them, protected them, and pushed them...
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