8:30 on a school night. One child is taking a bath. Another rehearses for an audition for the speech team by reciting the holy hand grenade scene from Monty Python and the Holy Grail while somehow also maintaining a playful argument with his sister over a pack of note cards. (His bedroom door opens and the dollar store, 300-pack of note cards gets thrown in or out. As if it were, you know, a holy hand grenade.) Note card flinging sister is practicing Spanish vocabulary words (head: cabeza) listening to "Royals" over and over again. The last child (not engrossed in Monty Python, a bath, Royals, or note cards) is behind a closed bedroom door doing homework or watching "Breaking Bad" on his laptop. As he's a senior and almost an adult, he gets to choose.
by Jennifer Grant
I'm a writer (two works of nonfiction are out; two more will be published in 2014.)