About Me

I am a second-career teacher. In my other life, I crunched numbers as an accountant. Probably would have made a great math teacher had the thought occurred to me. No matter, I'm where I'm supposed to be; teaching third grade. Before that, 2nd grade and before that kindergarten. I have 2 grown daughters, 2 poodles, and 1 hubby. I live and work on Long Island.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

What I Do



After work, exhausted, I plopped down in a showroom chair. Waiting to finalize the order for my new sofa, I actually closed my eyes. My father used to say “I’m not sleeping. I’m just resting my eyes.”

I was sleeping.
But only for a few seconds.  But admittedly out like a light.

In my reverie I heard  “Okay Mrs. Zimmerman we’re all set.”  I opened my eyes and the salesman, somewhat surprised by my snoozing, asked me what I do.

Without skipping a beat I said, “I teach 7 year olds how to be nice to each other.”

It was that kind of a day.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Conversation With a Dragonfly


Just look at you!
All dainty and glittering
like a bubble bath.

You look familiar….

Haven’t I seen you somewhere?
Was it on the list of Insects People Like?

What they don’t know
is what an unerring hunter you are,
such a voracious aerial predator are you.

There you go….
Plotting your course like the ancient mariner
able to snatch your target in midair
focus singly on your prey amid a cloud of fluttering fraternity brothers
attack your lone target from the chaotic swarm.

Glutton….
Wolfishly consuming, tearing up your kill and mashing it into a single glob.

Munch, munch, munch…
a wad of snuff for your mouth.

Bantam creature
Bottomless appetite

Not much one for smelling or pheromonal flirtations.
Not you.

Who knew?
Gilled predator, you hatch from an egg;
Hydrojet through water in search of aquatic prey.
Until….

you are ready to spread your wings and take your hunt to the sky.