education, Life, poems

My First Day As A Teacher

  I looked across the sea of faces, My heart a mess of a million fears; Fifty pairs of eyes watched me, Some curiously, and some full of tears. All the names I had to remember; Make myself heard above their cries. How on earth, was I, I wondered, Supposed to make all of them wise? Snotty noses, bathroom trips,…

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Creative Writing, Life

Of Hobbies And Perseverance

What do you have to look forward to in life when you are 72? Not much, one would assume. But not Walter Salvadore Pereira. My brother-in-law, Walter Salvadore Pereira, has at the age of 72, published his first book, ‘This Nightmare Is For Real.’  Walter is my brother-in-law and I am, at the moment, terribly jealous of the fact that…

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Why Kids Don’t Come With Instruction Manuals.

She came to pick her little daughter up from my language development class. And she looked harassed. Now, she is normally not a mother to look like that, so I asked her what was wrong. “Sunita,” she said, almost in tears, “I feel like such a bad mother. I don’t know what to do.” “Why? What happened?” I asked surprised.…

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poems, Poetry

My daughter, a wife!

I can still remember your first kick, The wonder of that tiny bubble of a movement within me, The love that flooded my heart and brought tears to my eyes. I remember how you would wake up, With a cheerful toothless smile, Bringing sunshine to my day Your first words, your first steps, The first poem you wrote, the first…

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