Similar but not the Same

Andrea, a friend and former colleague, recently shared this story with me. She had been out of the school for a week. The following conversation took place after her return. Grade 9 boy: “Mrs. L, why do you have a bong on your desk?” Andrea: “A bong?” “Yeah, a bong.” “I have a bong on… Continue reading Similar but not the Same

Under Pressure

My university rugby coach was the head of the English Department. He was a published author and wrote poetry. My favourite expression of his was, Charge forth with reckless abandon. He often used words we didn’t understand but we always knew his meaning. One spring, we were getting ready for the club’s annual tour to… Continue reading Under Pressure

Secret Santa

Over the years I would participate in the Secret Santa activity if it were organized, but I did so reluctantly. My reluctance was due to the fact that I didn’t want to disappoint my recipient. It was apparent that there were those who put a lot of thought and effort into their gift buying and… Continue reading Secret Santa

Enough is Enough – PART II

As I thought about the take-out cup of hot chocolate, I remembered a funeral I attended a number of years ago. It was for the mother of a student. I had also taught his older siblings. Staff and some relatives were invited to sit at the front of the church. We faced the opposite side… Continue reading Enough is Enough – PART II

Enough is Enough – PART I

I recently attended the funeral of a childhood friend. While it was a celebration of his life, it was also a very solemn and sad affair. Shortly after the ceremony began, I noticed that the teenager in front of me had a Tim Horton’s hot chocolate. I know it was hot chocolate because HC was… Continue reading Enough is Enough – PART I