03/14/2013 05:31 pm ET

After A Divorce, Creeping Around Happiness

Lately I’ve become a “creeper.” I didn’t even know what this word meant until about a month ago, when my ninth-grade students enlightened me. We had just started reading “Lord of the Flies,” and on our first day of discussion, one student raised her hand. “What are all these creepers all over the place?” she asked. Other students chimed in with echoes of confusion. She continued: “I mean, like, I thought there weren’t any other people on this island? I don’t get it.”

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