Friday, May 31, 2013

Dear Teacher,

Dear Teacher,
He needs support and guidance but not fixing.  He’s different, not broken.  I love him just the way he is and wouldn't have him any other way.
Sincerely yours,
his Mum

My older son graduated from high school two years ago and my younger son will graduate in two weeks' time.  I've been thinking about what a relief it will be for them to be done with schools.  I've also been thinking about what a sad thing that is.

I can't count the number of times in the past 14 years I've heard a teacher comment about one or the other of my boys, "He's a great kid and once he's out of school he'll be fine!"  I'm sure they meant well, but think about it - why should any kid have to live through 13 years of purgatory just so he can crawl out the other side?  And how can anyone be fine with that kind of a start in life?  Why is fitting the mold so important for success in school? 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

I've been very lucky this summer to see some very handsome moths - this one is Tolype notialis or Small Tolype, sporting a very luxuriant coat!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

My first ever front yard luna moth!

key lime velvet suede
soaring softly settled now
raucous catbird near