My Name was Supposed to be Elizabeth Ann

— Stories from the Roads (Not) Taken

Save the children. Save the world.

Start with one child. That child.

The invisible one.

Or the loud one.

The awkward one.

The one whose smirk and sneer builds walls.

The one whose smile bends like a question at your Good Morning.

That one.

And then that one.

Give them a book.

Give them a voice.

Give them a chance.

Give them No and Yes and Maybe.

Give them a choice.


And a scale.

Teach them to read: themselves in a mirror. A stranger’s challenge. A map. All maps.


Teach them to believe: in themselves.

Each other.



Let them see you.

Let them see you wipe your eyes and speak loudly the language of your fall.

            Then let them help you rise, and in so doing save yourself.

2 thoughts on “Lesson Plans

  1. c says:

    What a rousing story!

    As one always the student, never a teacher, this really gives a glimpse into the life of a teacher trying to make a difference.

    Thanks for sharing at StoryFest 🙂


    1. Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed it.


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