Cotton candy days

Cotton candy days

He asked for it so often, it became a theme. "Can I have some cotton candy?" "I'm sorry, no." "Why not?" "Because we don't have any cotton candy and, even if we did, it's just a big puffball of sugar that never tastes as good as you think it will." "But can I have some?" [...]

The lesson of the dolls

The lesson of the dolls

The little boy pointed to a shelf outside his room and said, "Those dolls are really scary." I looked up, smiled and answered quickly. "Oh, those aren't scary dolls. Those dolls have great stories to tell," I said. "Molly named that one Norah because Grandma Peggy brought her back from a trip to Norway. And [...]

Snow Angels

Snow Angels

Children can be wild and unpredictable, much like Wisconsin weather in the winter. Sweet and sunny on a Monday afternoon, surly and soupy the whole next day. You wonder, sometimes, why you live where you do. And then... "I'm going to write hearts in the snow for people to see them and smile." "Look! I [...]

Elf in the cafeteria

Elf in the cafeteria

Toting a sewing machine and a satchel full of fleece, Kathy Meyer sets up shop in an elementary school lunchroom. Soon, she is surrounded by eager little customers, anxious for her attention. She isn't selling anything but joy, doesn't charge a thing except a little bit of time and, when she's finished, everybody walks away [...]