Lessons Learned From “The Little Red Caboose”

You remember the story, don’t you?  In this 1954 children’s classic, the big, black engine, shiny and powerful, puffed and chuffed leading the way.  Then a mixture of box cars, oil cars, coal cars, and flat cars, all important with their substantial loads, trudged faithfully behind.  But the little, red caboose always came last.  Children …

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Dear Soldier,

Though we’ve never met, you reminded me of something tonight.  I can wake in the morning, hug my babies, and yes, probably hear sibling squabbles, because you, and so many others like you, are willing to pay a very high price so that we can live in freedom.  “Thank you,” doesn’t seem to say enough, yet really, what more can I say?  Except maybe this...

What They Never Tell You About Having Children

“Mama did you tee-tee again?” my two-year-old asks, as he bursts through the bathroom door assessing whether my “potty time” had been successful. “Yes, son,” I replied, with less irritation in my tone than I actually felt. “Great job!” he exclaimed excitedly, and ran out of the room hollering, “I’ll go get you a sticker …

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The Hands That Hold My Hands

The hand I held today was soft and small.... She climbed out of the backseat, all smiles, and immediately reached for my hand. The cool air, uncommon for this time of year, greeted us as she clasped my hand tightly, confident in my ability to guide her. It was time for her Kindergarten screening, and her …

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