erin ahnfeldt

Listening to Life

Trying to Not Get Eaten

Ask any teacher what classes are hardest to teach, and most of them will grumble about the last one of the day.  Imagine trying to talk to 33...

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Hello and Goodbye

Hello and Goodbye

“It’s the relationships,” my dad said into the microphone, his voice quivering as he fought back tears.  “They’re what matter most.”  As he spoke, I...

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He Cried Too

He Cried Too

I wanted to ask her the right way.  Just for fun, I walked outside the front door, turned around and rang the doorbell. “Hope,” Deb shouted on the...

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“I’m Living!”

“I’m Living!”

"Please help me," I prayed.  I was overwhelmed.  Hundreds of teenagers loaded onto the buses slapping high fives, texting friends, checking snapchat...

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Emergency at Chick-Fil-A

Emergency at Chick-Fil-A

What makes a great story?  So many of them feature larger than life heroes rescuing people in epic battles.  Maverick flies an F-18 to heal old...

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Tears in the Dark

Tears in the Dark

They call it a Capping Ceremony.  Graduating seniors walk into the spotlight when their names are called, and huge pictures of them in diapers are...

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Goodbye For Now

Goodbye For Now

There’s a cardboard sign on my office wall that says “Home”.  The word is scribbled in pen, and it’s well used, bent in different places.  One of my...

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Jazzy’s Whiteboard Words

Jazzy’s Whiteboard Words

Being fifteen isn’t easy.  Homework piles up, parents gets stressed about grades, friends create drama, and in the midst of all that noise, life...

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The Empty Desk

The Empty Desk

Connections make life meaningful.  They’re the catalyst for relationships, the reason people choose certain jobs, and a great way to make a boring...

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Mackenzie’s Request

Mackenzie’s Request

There used to be a hideous, blue line of tape running down the middle of the hallway at my school. All last year, students were told to stay on one...

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