Ruth Elaine and the Exploding Baby

Reblogging an old story from when I first started blogging.


Our class prayed for reprieve as Luther Simpson stumbled through a page of Jane and Fluff the Kitten. As the second-graders dawdled over their sums across the aisle in our shared classroom.

Little Ruth Elaine Lawson, a girl I’d had always thought dull, dropped her head to her desk and snuffled quietly, then burst into great, heart-wrenching, snotty sobs. Startled at this display in

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