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Lillia 5 of 52 (2016)
Zane 5 of 52 (2016)

“A portrait of my children every week in 2016.”

Lillia: This week you received your very first (and hopefully last?) DETENTION. Before we all panic, let me just say that it was 100% academic in nature and had nothing to do with behavior. You have been, and always will be, a child I just don’t have to worry about in that way. Now, I will say that I am not impressed with the policy in question—an automatic classroom detention if you have two late or missing papers for one class. Detentions should be a last resort, in my opinion, and I may have expressed some choice words when I looked at the form I was supposed to sign. You father discouraged me from commenting, but I might still say something, especially if this happens again. Of course, I’ve never been a big believer in “punishing” people and perhaps that is a flaw in my character. But, my direction comes from an authority much higher than myself: mercy triumphs over judgment.

Zane: This week you have been REALLY interested in numbers. You frequently ask me to add two numbers together: “Mom, what’s 7 plus 8?” or, “Mom, what’s 80 plus 6?” I’ve been collecting little quotes from you, too, because you do, in fact, say the darndest things. Here are a few number-related Zane quotes, just for fun: “The biggest number in the whole universe is…11!” or, my personal favorite, “Dad, why was 6 afraid of 7? Because 7 made 8 cry.” Even jokes gone awry are endearing when delivered by a four year-old.

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Kelli Ann Wilson

Kelli lives in rural New Hampshire with her husband Damian and their two children. She works as a writer, and in her free time enjoys reading, gardening, taking pictures, walking in the woods, and celebrating the seasons of nature and the feasts, festivals, and holy days of the Christian year.

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