Category Kids

Of Trombones and Soccer Balls

I knew it would happen, and now it has: I’m a soccer mom. Not only that, I’m a music mom. The last few days have been a scramble to get Sage to band lessons and soccer games; my respect for parents who have to manage schedules for multiple children has increased exponentially. (THEY should be […]

Last Day of Fourth Grade

June 6 was Sage’s last day as a fourth grader, and I admit I’m already feeling nostalgic. Ever since I tutored my first fourth grader, I’ve considered this grade to be the Gold Standard of Childhood: Fourth graders are old enough to be interesting and somewhat independent, but they’re not (for the most part) jerks. […]

Farmer Sage

When my neighbor Elaine hailed me from her front porch, I thought we were just in for a neighborly chat: Little did I know that Destiny was at work. Elaine is a neighbor, but only by country standards; her house is at least a quarter mile down the road from mine. So I was delighted […]

Chick Day!

Last Friday, the long awaited and blessed event finally occurred: The arrival of the chicks. We only raise three or four chicks every two years in order to keep our egg supply steady, so Chick Day is always an exciting event, especially if you happen to be a ten year old. Sage bonded with his […]

Sage’s Day of Artistic Triumph

Sage is a boy of  many talents, and he got to show some of them off at his school’s Spring Arts Festival. Of course, he played recorder along with his class on their group songs, but he also stepped into the spotlight. After playing a duet with one of his best friends, he performed the […]

Arbor Boy

A few days ago, Sage came home from school wielding a tree. I was caught off guard–usually, he comes home from school wielding papers made from dead trees, not brandishing a living one. But if a sapling comes into our care, however puny, we’re honor bound to give it the best possible chance in life. […]

Yollerblading

In the true American spirit, Sage asked himself, “Why should I be stuck doing only ONE fun thing at a time when I could be doing TWO fun things?” The answer: He shouldn’t. Hence the creation of “yollerblading.” He likes rollerblading. He likes doing yo yo tricks. Why not do both at the same time? […]