Translation

幼稚園 a red backpack bigger than you   一年生 gap-toothed smile and mismatched socks   二年生 an uncaged bird on wheels, not wings   三級 knowing the ropes brother in tow   四年生 torn shirt and wounded heart   五年生 solid as a tree with deep roots  

Summer break

Today was the last day of school. It feels a little anticlimactic: the kids still had online lessons to complete, classwork to turn in. My older son graduated from 5th grade a week ago with a car parade past the school, 24 teachers and staff members (the maximum allowed) standing a careful six feet apart … Continue reading Summer break

Harbingers

The lilac is about to bloom. My yard is a mess. The lawn is mostly crabgrass and clover, with a few dozen hyacinths that have escaped the confines of their beds. The dandelions will rear their heads later. The patio furniture is covered in yellow pollen—not that we have a patio, exactly, just a flat … Continue reading Harbingers