Telling: Altars & Artifacts


spells & charms

Watching The Swiss Family Robinson, Tucker gets agitated over the pirate attack. He takes up pen and paper and asks, "How do you write 'Pirate'?" I say, "P." He says, "What's a 'P' look like?" I say, "A straight line with a half circle off the top," and demonstrate with my fingers. He writes a 'P', then asks what's next. We go on like this till he has written "Pirates go away," and feels much better.

A Mother's Journal

field notes from
1997 - 1999