Caroline in the Delta

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Apr 26 2012

The gangs of Arkansas.

Our talent show rehearsal officially ended twenty-one minutes ago, but I’m still sitting on the curb of my school’s front walkway, waiting for parents. My twelve-year-olds are losing their little kid chub, talking grown, picking up each other’s mannerisms and staying two hours after school to work on their singing, dancing, drumming, and laughing. I…

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Apr 25 2012

Tiny things, second installment.

Just as everyone was giving me props for updating so regularly (self included), I stopped. Something hit and I found a wall, found interest in running again, got busy. Again I’ll just give tidbits. My heart about exploded when, one morning during silent reading, I dismissed Brax’s group to use their cubbies and Brax was…

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Apr 17 2012

Tiny things.

My classroom copy of Holes doesn’t have a cover. The pages are crinkled, and the spine is masking taped together. I gave it to Brax when he told me he didn’t like The Hunger Games as much as he expected. Every morning, every afternoon, the first student silent reading: Brax. The first to quietly take…

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Apr 11 2012

Wednesday notes.

This week is state testing. I’m going to be real honest here: I don’t care about state testing. I realize only when saying it that I don’t mean it in the way it would immediately be interpreted. I would expect to mean it in that way, but I don’t. What I mean is I am…

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Apr 08 2012

Why I’m staying.

One. A week or two ago, my vice principal knocked on my door in the middle of fourth period. I set my kids to independent work and scooted out the door for an impromptu hallway meeting. He stood with our director of special ed, who was holding a thick packet of paperwork. “This won’t take…

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Apr 08 2012

Spring fever.

The tips of my fingers, nails, cuticles, tiny creases, are a sickly greenish-blue, something likely to stick for a few days, from the eggs we dyed earlier. I woke up this morning at eight, Laura hovering in my door, “You wanna get up?” I kept my eyes shut through our living room yoga routine, thinking…

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So sorry to not get to this until now. I haven’t been well connected this weekend. I have, however, spent the last week seriously considering my priorities, goals, and expectations for my life and career path right now, and have decided to withdraw my Achievement First application. I cannot emphasize enough how much I love…

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