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Gretchen Schroeder
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Things I Never Understood About My Mom, But Now I Do
Thank you to Two Writing Teachers ( www.twowritingteachers.org ) for hosting Slice of Life and getting me to write on my blog again. If you are a mom, or even a grown-up, I'm sure you've had the experience where you found yourself doing or saying something ...

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Up or Down?
Check out more Slice of Life writing at www.twowritingteachers.org  ! The beautiful spring weather has brought family bike rides back into our lives, as well as reviving an old argument that Pete and I have had for as long as we've known each other. While o...

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Long Car Trip: 25/31 #solc16
Today began our spring break! We drove from Columbus, Ohio to Columbus, Georgia on our way to Cape San Blas, Florida and I must say there is no greater blessing than having children who are good in the car. Sophie has always been an excellent car rider (and...

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The Day Before Spring Break: 24/31 #solc16
Today was an interesting day. It began with me getting into a physical altercation with the copier machine. (I lost.) So much for that scene from Othello that I needed copies of. It ended with me unexpectedly participating in the school talent show.  A grou...

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Car Stress: 22/31 #solc16
Yesterday was my first day driving my new car: a Ford C-Max. And, let me tell you, it stressed me out! First of all, the car grades me on my driving! Yes! Grades me! There are three bars on the dash: acceleration, braking, and cruising. When I got on the th...

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New Car: 21/31 #solc16
So, I got a new car this weekend. You may note the lack of exclamation point at the end of that statement. It's not that I don't like it--I do! My husband did a great job of researching and picking it out. It's just that I really don't like change. Even goo...

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Air Fresheners:18/31 #solc16
Today Pete brought home an air freshener that he got for free at the car wash. He took it out of his car because the scent of it was making him sick. It reminded me of the time in high school that my friend Weeze's car developed a terrible smell. It started...

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The Cave: 17/31 #solc16
Today's slice is actually a poem written by my 7-year-old daughter, Sophie. She is studying poetry at school and we were reading some aloud last night, which inspired her to write something of her own. I am publishing it here with her permission. Enjoy! The...

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All the Feels: 16/31 #solc16
When it comes to students, I am a lucky teacher. The worst student I have could only be described as kind of annoying. So, I genuinely like the students I work with; a fact for which I am very grateful. Sometimes, though, this gratefulness wells up inside o...

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Voting:15/31 #solc16
Two brief scenes from Ohio's primary election day. 1. I arrive to pick up Sophie after school and her babysitter informs me that Sophie and some of her friends have formed a "Don't Vote for Trump" Club during recess. Who knew 2nd graders could be so politic...
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