Children

A Wide Gate for Kids on the Margins

Drive past our house in downtown Atlanta on a Saturday evening this fall to find a predictable scene. Our backyard brimming with teenage neighbors, the projector screen pulled down, and UGA football playing loud against the backdrop of brilliant blue…

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Other People’s Kids

In the days before my daughter started elementary school, I was sometimes overwhelmed with the social aspects of parenting. I needed to be alone with my thoughts from time to time, but my daughter was constantly dragging me back to…

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Memory as the Best Education

“I don’t want to pitch, coach. I’m no good.”   This summer I coached an inner-city baseball team for 4th and 5th graders. The goal of this league is to allow kids to learn some baseball skills, try all the…

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Not So Scared

In May of my senior year of college, on a Thursday to be precise, I was supposed to be studying for final exams with my friend Alison. I had no interest in higher education, because this was the night of…

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Interacting with Kids as a Single Person

A few years ago, I was privileged to meet an amazing woman named Virginia. She was in her nineties, but still lived alone and drove her own car. She had remained single over the course of her life; she had…

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At the EXCO Bathroom

I turn the corner quickly, lifting his chubby legs and elevated behind into the air, away from my body.   Smells of bleach and swirling water combine with whiffs of the barely contained mess creeping up my son’s back.  …

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