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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?  

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Kids (Really Do) Rule

17 Jun

I was one of a quarter million who braved the scorching Texas sun to go to the Mavericks parade. Crazy? Perhaps.

But the event drew fans like honey. Dallasites young and old swallowed car exhaust and sunrays in hopes of catching a glimpse of the NBA’s conquering heroes.   My mom, cousin and I arrived two and half hours early and nabbed front row seats to the action.

After gathering a morning’s worth of evidence, I would like to propose that “like a kid at a parade,” be added next to “like a kid in the candy store,” in the world’s book of analogies. Being trapped in a crowd of standing adults sounds like the makings of  childhood nightmare. Oh contrare. Their tiny sizes are all access passes to the best seats in the house.

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Costumes, Candy and Christians

2 Nov

It seems my blog can’t resist devolving into a special on holidays: I recently wrote a post about Labor Day and its origins. I did a piece on Columbus Day and its underlying ironies. And now, albeit a couple days late, I’m doing one on Halloween.

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