wrote this back in June, but now all fears and speculations have become reality

Stacy Gittleman

“Quick, someone SOMEONE open the door to the garage!”

My daughter’s voice boomed down the staircase. I didn’t appreciate her barking orders at me.

After all, that’s my job. Why couldn’t she open the door herself?

I followed the sound of her voice and soon realize why she couldn’t open the door.

Her arms were full of a year’s worth of notes. Her entire Freshman year of high school. A tree’s worth of it, was piled in her arms and about to topple over.

“I think I killed a whole tree this year,” she said.

Fortunately, it will all be recycled, I told her.

To follow suit, my husband then got rid of his own notes. Five years of notes he took in graduate school at the University of California at Berkeley. Notes he hung on to for nearly 17 years.  They overflowed the recycle bin. A summer wind picked…

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About stacylynngittleman

I have been a reporter and public relations professional for over 30 years, specializing in profile features and investigative longform writing. During my career I've profiled WWII Honor Flight Veterans, artists and musicians and have written on topics that range from environmental and gun control issues to Jewish culture. Click around on my writing samples plus read my blog on my personal life raising three kids over 27 years and three cities.

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