The First Day of School

The First Day of School

I grew up in a family of modest means. We were not poor, but my parents had to be very careful with our budget. Prioritized expenditures included a home in good repair, healthy food, and clothing that would last. Among the things that were free, education was the most...
Love at First Sight

Love at First Sight

Halloween was only a week away. I was six and had just begun first grade. By that time, I’d gotten over feeling anxious when entering my classroom. Instead, I felt excited—perhaps even more excited than I was about Halloween. However, my younger sister and I shared in...
All for the Love of Reading

All for the Love of Reading

When I was young, my father would open a Golden Book, and we would enter another world together. His reading always pulled me into the story. There was a pause before the first words and an orientation that the initial illustration provided, giving my mind a moment to...