“Tomorrow we start Old Yeller,” I say. “But I think we’ve had enough for today. Why don’t you all go out to the yard and get some fresh air.” They leave, and when I am alone, I blow my nose again, loudly and in private.
Mary McCallum works in restorative justice (which focuses on the needs of victims, offenders and the involved community) after spending seven years behind the razor wire as a librarian and teacher for prison inmates. She is a commentator for Vermont Public Radio and lives with Pearl, a sato rescued from Puerto Rico.