a quote from my favorite author

“The most solid advice, though, for a writer is this, I think: Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep, really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive, with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell, and when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough.”

-William Saroyan, The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze

Tuesday, March 10, 2015


March 21, 2013

Sometimes he squeals in delight when he realizes the new kid is “another little guy,” just like him.

Sometimes he writes “15 Big Ones” on the outside of his field trip money envelope.

Sometimes he tries to impress the guys with a magic trick involving levitating a five-dollar bill.

Sometimes he switches backpacks with his girlfriend and shows up to class with none of his supplies.

Sometimes he thinks listing “who invented condoms” as a possible research topic is funny.

Sometimes he screams at his mom until she points out that she is on the phone with his teacher.

Sometimes he takes a break from reading War and Peace to purchase a plastic tiger paw on a stick {instead of a book} at the book fair.


  1. What an interesting idea these Vintage Slices are! Very cool, Christy. Re-reading and revisiting creative ideas is something I do not do often enough. I love how you set up the descriptions in this about your son and how the details swing between the adult he must almost be and the child at heart he still is.

  2. Sometimes when we watch we learn so much.

  3. So boy. I have a grandson who fits this bill. Right now in Montessori which is perfect for him, but this type of class will not always be there for him. He definitely beats a different drum and I love him for it. All boy classes??? Did that, been there. Prefer boys and girls together. Had better luck with boys. Girls can be nasty in 7th grade!