February 2015

Family Baby Shower

February 23, 2015

When I friend of mine told me about the baby shower held for her grandson, a shower where both men and women were invited, I thought, Of course! No reason at all why the daddy shouldn’t be there–and how fun to have the guys! One of those simple and revolutionary ideas you wonder you never thought of yourself. Inspired, Mom and I planned a small family shower …

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What to Do with Burned Birthday Cakes

February 16, 2015

On the first Saturday in February, Mom and Dad and I arrived home from our nighttime cleaning job to the acrid odor of something charred. I walked in the door first. “What’s burning?” Chad was holed up in his room, but Jeffrey ambled from the living room, red-nosed and stuffy-looking. “Benny came in and asked the same thing.” He checked the stove burners and shook …

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Misery

February 9, 2015

I am fifteen, just admitted to the sacred precincts of my church’s Youth Group. My first official youth activity? A volleyball game with the Hayward youth–those cool, smart, and with-it people  who live about an hour to the north and are driving down specially to play with us, the inelegant, un-cool Sheldon youth. We are farm kids who ride to church in our parents’ dust-covered …

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