One final word about Alzheimer’s, I hope

I started a fire in the toaster Friday morning. Don’t worry: I got Louisa’s PopTart out just in time.

Because I saw the incident coming, I’d already been holding the contraption to the open kitchen window when I smelled the quick death of breakfast junk-food. I unplugged it — “Never stick a fork in the toaster,” my first-grader loudly warned me (“I’m not, it’s a spoon”) — and saved the morning, just barely.

Meaning the preschooler didn’t fall apart in tears. Meaning I could laugh about it and feel borderline Ma Ingalls about my quick thinking under duress. Also the house didn’t burn down, etc., etc.

Chances are, I’ll forget about this by next week. A year from now or later, I’ll read this and try to conjure the memory — what had happened? Why?

Because that’s what a life is, these little moments.


Let’s go back to middle school! That was always fun, says no one ever

Sixth grade, Catholic Schools Week: My 29 classmates interpreted the “Hero Day” challenge to mean Michael Jordan, doctors, teachers, or dancers. Who would your sixth-grade self have chosen? I chose a priest. Specifically, my uncle, missionary priest, writer and teacher Roger Schroeder, SVD. He’s amazing; I hope you meet him someday. Etc. But this was Read more about Let’s go back to middle school! That was always fun, says no one ever[…]