Archives for May 2012

A Letter to My Son on His Second Birthday

Dear Wesley Scott, Your middle name was supposed to be Benjamin. We had it picked out for years. But then your sister was born, and then another, and pretty soon, we almost gave up on it entirely. I always wanted a little boy though. You can blame your uncles for that. They were the best brothers an only-daughter could ask for. But your dad was happily convinced that if we had more children, they’d be girls, […]

All I Really Need to Know I Learned (from My Mother) in Kindergarten

At the beginning of every school year, I got used to seeing my mom in the principal’s office. And every year my schedule always changed the next day. It wasn’t until much later that I learned my yearly placement scores landed me in the lowest reading and math classes, and every year my mom met with the principal to request that I be transferred closer to the top. My mom’s not a pushy woman. She’s not one of those parents who likes to throw her weight around. She’s […]