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Lies My Mother Told Me

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

I wasn’t going to post again this morning (Lord knows a month hasn’t passed yet since my last post!. This morning’s Writer’s Almanac forced my hand. Here are the last two stanzas of Lies My Mother Told Me, by Elizabeth Thomas.

It is bad luck to kill a moth. Moths are
the souls of our ancestors and it just
might be Papa paying a visit.
If you kiss a boy on the mouth
your lips will stick together
and he’ll use the opportunity
to suck out your brains.
If you ever lie to me
God will know
and rat you out.
And sometimes
God exaggerates.
Trust me —
you don’t want that
to happen.

Now back to last minute laundry!

Willis Has a Story

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008


My friend Aaron Willis became radio famous today as a guest on The Story with Dick Gordon. Aaron is a Child Welfare Specialist with OKDHS, and his interview was recorded as part of The Story’s “Tough Jobs” series.

I am very impressed with young Aaron, and about as proud of him as one can be without being his mama. I am especially proud of the way he portrayed those of us who work for OKDHS. It’s a nice change for rural Oklahoma to be represented by someone intelligent and well-spoken– who doesn’t bring to mind visions of undereducated, nouveau dust-bowl victims named Cletus.

If you’re curious about finding out more about DHS– and those who choose to work for the welfare of our children– you need to listen to this interview. You don’t even have to subscribe to The Story’s podcast (Although, you should. It’s a pretty good little program), you can download the show right here. Aaron’s story starts at 31:05.

Aaron: The job’s not for everybody.. it’s not something that everybody can do. And, I’ll go as far as to say that it’s a job that few people can do. But, I can. And by virtue of that feeling, I have a responsibility to do so…
Dick Gordon: You could go back and get a PHD in philosophy and spend the rest of your days in a soft leather chair…
Aaron: …Yeah…Philosophy professor. That was something I considered… doing my philosophy degree, obviously… and something I really enjoy. But, challenging rich kids to change the way they think, versus being in a rural impoverished community… it’s just a better life. The way I look at it anyway. It may not be as comfortable– and I may be grossly underpaid– but… it’s worth it. It’s just worth it.”