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 hormone-filled teenagers about the imagery in Of Mice and Men when an Xbox, a huge bowl of Frosted Flakes, or a solid nap are...
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 looked over at my son watching his grandpa.  Spring Canyon, a place where relationships flourish, was the perfect...
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 other side, “I think you have a visitor.”  I could hear the pattering of little feet rushing down the stairs.  The latch...
“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 accounts.  To them, the bus was their transport into adventure.  To me, it felt like a C-130 airplane, and...
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 wounds and stop terrorists, and Rey goes toe to toe with the Emperor to free the galaxy from his evil control.  That’s...
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 cast on a screen.  There are awww’s or soft chuckles from the audience. Then, the seniors are “capped”.  Siblings,...