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Parenting Imperfect

January 11, 2014

The write stuff is often hard to find in my household


It took me longer than you’d think to figure out where all of the sticky notes had gone. I’m sure his teacher was a little confused, too.

I have at times been forced to copy phone numbers onto old student Scantrons, which I can somehow always lay my hands on, using a highlighter. I have, at times, marked essays with a crayon because the pen that I was using disappeared as I was using it. 

Is it wrong that I’ve taken to hiding my favorite pens in the bag that I always take to work? If it is, I don’t want to be right. Because I want to be able to write. 

See? The children have driven me to bad puns.

Since we’re on winter break and I won’t be back to teaching until after you read this column, my precious pens are out on my desk. I want to warn them that their lives here, with me, will likely be brutal and short. 

But I’ve held my tongue. We’ve had a lovely day together, my pens and I, and I don’t want to ruin the spell.

Adrienne Martini is a freelance writer, instructor at the State University College at Oneonta, mom to Maddy and Cory, wife to Scott, and author of “Sweater Quest.” Her columns can be found at

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