In an instant, that dad saw me, who I was, and how I choose to move through the world. It was important to him that his son really see me, too. He taught his son to notice a person's actions and to place more importance on what they do and how they act than on their appearance.
I dug my slippers out from the back of the closet and went down the stairs to find the kids playing quietly on the living room rug. I set their breakfast on the table, and perched myself at the kitchen island, hoping to drink my coffee in peace.
In honor of National Bullying Prevention Month, I share this story. It illustrates a total fail on my part to seize a teachable moment with my granddaughter. Luckily, she has an awesome mother, who works hard to prevent bullying.
Common Core's extremely narrow focus on skill development and preparation for high-stakes assessments interferes with the ability of teachers to respond to current events, such as the Ebola epidemic, and interferes with learning.
Voldemort is so freaking scary that if you even speak his name, all manner of horrors could rain down upon you. The kids at Hogwarts knew better than to mess with him because, just like we teach our kids in the real world, it's best not to talk about bad things.
When the crying, whining, or meltdown begins and I am completely trapped between impatient, frowning customers on both sides of me, my items already on the conveyor belt, that is the very moment I wish for my magic wand.
It would be a pity if an institution as great as UCLA could not figure out a way to reach out to Alexandra Wallace and its entire student body in order to make a recent unfortunate incident a teachable moment.
At the heart of the Christian tradition lies the belief that transformation requires sacrifice. Deep and abiding change is hard. But the BP leak is only the latest sign that our society must do exactly that.