Archive | May, 2012

In Memoriam

28 May

Memory is a funny thing, I thought as I released the American flag from its case, watched in reverence as the blood red stripes and twinkling stars unfurled.

A month ago, Memorial Day was simply another excuse for a good cookout. But reading Final Salute, a tail of a marine major who escorts fallen soldiers back home to their families, changed that. The 2005 series placed the true sacrifice of war and country into the limelight. It made the reports rattling across the tv screen between traffic jams and sports updates more than mere words and numbers. Continue reading


Apple of My Eye

19 May

“I just want an apple,” the lanky teen confessed as he trailed me through the grocery store’s alley.

“You know what they say: An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” he recited flirtatiously.

I couldn’t help but shudder. The innocuous apple, the fruit famous for wooing teachers and warding away physicians, has been forever sullied in my mind thanks to a series of articles stumbled across while researching organic food. That discovery has made all apples the equivalent of Snow White’s to me: Poisonous. Dripping with venom. Deadly. Okay, so perhaps I’m exaggerating a bit. But studies show that the average apple has more pesticide residue than other fruit and veggies. Continue reading


12 May

“Happy Mother’s Day,” the driver chirped as I descended the bus’ steps outside the college. The comment made me pause. I’m not a mother. Not yet anyway. I almost had the mind to correct him: Instead, I smiled and offered thanks.  No harm done, right?

Tomorrow is two years shy of the centennial celebration of America’s mothers. The national holiday was signed into law in 1914 by Woodrow Wilson.  But whenever the holiday is mentioned, the memory of Anna B. Jarvis haunts the saying. Continue reading

Spelling Lesson

6 May

Children are educated by what the grown-up is and not by his talk.” Carl Jung


“V-A-L-E-T: VALET,” a young mother taught her little girl as they tottered up the pathway to the Tex-Mex restaurant: Now, that’s a word at the top of every kid’s vocabulary list. I chuckled as I jumped out of the car as watched the men in ruby red vests scurry to park it. I wondered how many other girls five years and younger age could spout the word “valet” in a sentence. How often does it show up in the average adult’s mouth?  

Then I wondered what words my parents deemed essential at that age? Continue reading