He didn’t know the word when his finger ran across it as he read aloud.    “Per…snik….ity.”  He sounded out every letter with care.  Then he dashed his eyes up towards his mentor to see if he had said it correctly. She smiled and nodded, thinking he would just move on.  But “M” stopped. “What […]

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“See You Next Week”


“The day came that so many of us fear. The doctor actually said the words, “It is cancer.” For those who have heard those words it is understood there is a process that occurs after those words are said: shock, denial, sadness, fear, visioning, worry, determination… Then someone takes charge and a routine and protocol […]

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I Am Not A Hamster!


It feels like a hamster wheel sometimes. Each day has certain tasks and often those tasks run together and blend into bland…get up, make the bed, breakfast, news, mail, bills, dinner, dishes, phone calls, groceries, trash, cleaning, get up, make the bed, breakfast… And even though I know there are wonderful things in each day […]

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Life Is A Marathon


I am not a runner by choice and, yet, I find myself running every day…picking up kids, going to sporting events, grocery store, work, mailbox, lawn mowing. If you do life…you run…every day. Competitive short distance sprinters can see their finish line and run straight for it as fast as they can. But life isn’t […]

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I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW


No man can see clearly when his eyes are shut and his fists are ready for the fight. “J’s” fists were so tightly clenched, he was perpetually ready for the “fight” …not the physical fight of student on student, but the emotional fight of never having “enough.” His mother had lost her job and her […]

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A Care Package


What is a physical need?  Clothing, food, water, safety, sleep….. When those basic things are met, it is often assumed that a person can succeed. But unmet emotional needs can often be the biggest obstacle to standing in the gap. Two generations shared the same household.  Grandma was helping to raise her grandchildren.  Basic needs […]

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I Call DIBS!


It’s a funny thing…being “in”…sitting at the “cool table.”  No one can ever actually figure out from year to year what is going to be the deciding factor that constitutes “cool”.  But for the 4th grade class in a local elementary school, the “cool table” was wherever there was a Lunch Buddy hanging out with […]

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Everyone Needs A Little Pomp


She wasn’t going to graduation.  Oh!  Yes!  She had earned the right.  Her GPA was amazing at 3.2.  She had all of her credits.  She even had qualified to attend a Community College for two years with her A+ program completion. She had done everything required of her to walk across that stage…except for one […]

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Twenty Minutes With Miss H.


It’s just twenty minutes… and yet those minutes combine — sending off ripples that account for lifetimes.  Can twenty minutes make a life?  One mentor shares a story that answers that question with a truthful, “YES!” Maybe even more than one life. —– Like many other Care for Kids mentors, I spend a mere 20 minutes […]

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This Is “ONLY” A Test


The ACT Test.  It is really a big deal for high school students wanting to go to college.  Each Junior gets to take the ACT for free during the spring.  But if the desired score for college entrance is not achieved, the student must take the test again.  And this time it is at his […]

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