Mousetrap

You're little, they said. You can sneak in. I don't want to, I said. I was scared. The Rats didn't care, though. If you want a place to stay, you'll have to scout. I didn't want to do that, either. But I said I'd take care of Josie, and I was running out of options. … Continue reading Mousetrap

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