by Kylie Brown
My mom teaches seventh grade reading.
She guides her students to make connections,
instructing them to pay close attention as they read,
so as to hone in on important links hidden in the text.
When I was a little kid,
I always wanted to have my mom as a teacher.
I wanted to sit in her cozy cinder block classroom
with its dozen bookshelves overflowing
and read and read and read.
We didn’t live in the district though,
and when my seventh grade year came,
I sat firmly situated in my own school,
where reading class was substituted by language arts
and standardized test prep
Now, as I approach college graduation and search for a job
I hear over and over again
that connections are key,
it’s all about connections.
And I think
That my mom must be a really great teacher.
Too bad I never got to be in her class.