I look across the table at Kathy and Brandi, sip my ice tea, and wait for lunch to be served. It is a twice a year ritual, old friends keeping in touch as best we can. They are my former students, now in their mid-twenties, the mainstay of our school’s literary magazine, two enormously talented young women. We bonded immediately, striking a strong friendship over four years and beyond. Creativity has no age requirement
We raised our kids in the 60’s when the Vietnam War protests, the push for Women’s Lib and Civil Rights was turning the world upside‑down. It was also the time when fathers were beginning to achieve undreamed of success and the baby boom children were growing up.
Vocabulary is not just a matter of communication but can express a point of view to our advantage. For example, little Suzy thinks of herself as a leader of the sandbox set while playmates see her as bossy. Mamma may call her little darling a bundle of energy while teacher sees her as hyperactive.