• Humor,  Sunday Funnies

    Sunday Funnies… {Are We There Yet?}

    Parents, how many times have you heard THAT question? Remember your first road trip with your kids when you had more than one cherub and ruckus was sure to happen any minute or, even tougher – parents traveled with kids and without  DVD players in vehicles? Did the kiddos drive you nuts?? Well, this weekend was our turn – our first-ever road trip with ‘the kids’ – my husband’s soon-to-be 20 y/o daughter whom we recently found (long story with a great ending), and her fiancé. While they’re visiting us from another state, we hopped on the highway to take them to meet her paternal grandmother for the first time.  We rented a minivan ~ our MacDaddy Family Ride….. quite different from what Husband…

  • Humor,  Life

    Dads Walking the Walk

    Recently I wrote about who’s left behind when dads walk away, a topic I’m all too familiar with…. as a dadless daughter and as a veteran teacher.  The effects, like scars in the cracked earth, leave little doubt about the devastation. But about the same time I wrote that post, I discovered a dad and his blog … a dad who demonstrates the other side of the story …. the ones who stay, the ones who walk the walk. Over at Coach Daddy, Eli’s description of girl dadding will leave you grinning. It is, at once, refreshing, funny, and definitely worth a click! Hats off to you, Mr. Eli Pacheco. I hope everyone will swing by and read your post, The Finer Things About Being Unrefined, a fantastic glimpse into life with Grace, Marie, and Elise.…

  • Classroom Life,  Instruction,  Life,  Students' Words,  Writing

    When Dads Walk Away…. {Slice of Life}

      What happens when dads walk away? As a ‘dad-less’ daughter, I know kids are left behind to wonder why. Why did he go? Why didn’t he want me? What did I do wrong? Why didn’t he want to be around? What could I have done differently to make him stay? Or, worse yet, kids left behind think mom pushed dad away, and surely, if mom had done things differently, then dad would’ve stayed. It’s her fault. As a teacher, I see the fall-out, too. Sometimes it’s subtle, sometimes blatant. Always painful. Last month, I asked my juniors and seniors to develop a written piece for National Day On Writing (#NDOW).  I provided three photos and asked students to choose one (or…