erin ahnfeldt

Listening to Life

Blocking Bullets

Blocking Bullets

The moment is epic —the muscle-bound superhero defends the frightened kid.  There’s nothing better in stories.  Why?  Because, if I’m honest, I’m that kid.  Sure, sometimes I imagine myself as the hero, but deep down, I know I’m that scared kid too, the one who’d love...
A Near Death Experience

A Near Death Experience

My friends Trent and Cliff almost died at a traffic light.  Both do maintenance at my school and cover the same shift, so quite often they’ll drive together to work.  As they drove—probably enjoying some good conversation knowing them—the light in front of them turned...
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,...
A Locker, A Manger, and A Teacher’s Lie

A Locker, A Manger, and A Teacher’s Lie

With five minutes left in class, I yelled above the zipping backpacks and moving desks, “How about a hand for team Too Hot over here.” Students clapped politely, and the review games were over. Christmas vacation was a few exam days away. “Are there any more questions...