Happy Thanksgiving

It happened the other day. Two kids were brought up to the front office at our Boys & Girls Club. One was teasing the other. But it wasn’t a cheap shot plucked from the usual litany of childhood insults like having buck teeth or being the slowest one in the relay race. One kid was teasing the other about being homeless.

Child's Play

At the ripe old age of 11, Angelique is already a tough nut to crack. She’s a routine guest in my office for a myriad of troubles and glares at me darkly through her braids on this particular afternoon, arms cinched over her chest, mouth in a twist.

I have a great many things I need to say to Angelique, but each time I try to engage her, she refuses to speak to me. She rolls her eyes so far into the back of her head, I fear she might pull an optic muscle. She’s not having any of it.

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