As Steven climbed into his van, he thought a lot about Ben. Ben was slightly mentally slow, and some high school kids made fun of him. But Ben was always happy. No one ever saw him without a smile.
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My youngest daughter, Elliana, is our last child at home. This is her senior year, and she is missing out on end-of-year school plays, concerts, and graduation activities. We had her senior harp recital scheduled for Saturday, March 21. That was the week that the government leaders gave the shutdown orders.
For Christmas two years ago, my sister gave Mom an Alexa so Mom wouldn't feel so alone in her apartment. The first time Alexa talked to Mom, she was frightened and thought there was an intruder in her apartment. It took her a while to calm down and get used to Alexa, but she finally did. But that didn't mean she trusted technology.
It was 1918, and Arden, the man Rachel had been dating, was off fighting in the Great War. Rachel worked hard on the farm and in her grandfather's store as a clerk, but there were times she felt like she wasn't doing enough to help. Then she started seeing those around her falling ill to what had been dubbed the Spanish flu and felt she just had to do something.
Over the years, I have found that one of the students’ greatest criticisms of any math class is their claim that they didn’t learn anything. Therefore, as part of their final, I have the students list ten things that they have learned. They make for some interesting reading.