Eagles on the playground

eagle at school

“Don’t say that word,” I told the three little boys who were shouting profanities at the chalkboard. The rest of my 4th graders were busily engaged in our classroom activity but there are always a few Ringo Jacks in the group…

“What does it mean?” asked Petr.

For a moment I saw my mom’s big brown eyes softly blinking at me and I heard her telling 10-year old Mary something like, “It’s just not a pretty word.”

Ah, to handle life’s difficult questions with the grace and elegance of my mother.

Unfortunately, I am not my mother.

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