To Make a Wish

As a tour guide, I often take cruise ship passengers to St Martin’s, New Brunswick. On the way down, I tell them the story of the wishing rocks. These particular stones are quite plentiful on the shores of the Bay of Fundy. Basically, they are granite with a quartz vein running through. They are very… Continue reading To Make a Wish

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

Paw in Mouth

I had just finished my second year of teaching. A colleague agreed to do some welding for me. I drove to his place one summer morning and carried the materials into his garage. Shorty after I arrived, a Newfoundland dog came over to me. He was friendly enough. I didn’t have to bend over to… Continue reading Paw in Mouth

Power of Prayer

My friend Al taught elementary school. He is also retired. We often share stories with each other. He told me about an incident that took place on his school’s playground one morning. A young girl had fallen and was lying on the ground and crying. In the vicinity  was a little kindergarten boy who came… Continue reading Power of Prayer

Measure Up

After I retired I continued to assist with set construction for the school plays. Actually, a number of us were retired teachers. I was the crew coordinator. One afternoon, another retiree showed up. He wasn’t a regular but thought he would give us a hand this particular day. I asked him to assist Mike, our… Continue reading Measure Up