Because I can’t make you less dumb

Dear Dumby,

I can’t make you less dumb.

I told you how you were dumb.

You laughed and told me I was dumb.

I’ve tried to make you less dumb.

And then you called me a lot of other dumb names that are just dumb to call anyone.

So you can be dumb now.

Because you’re really, really dumb.


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I am a second-grade teacher and pastor-to-be who loves people. I spend my weekends with friends or wandering the museums of DC alone and with a journal, trying to put words on the places of the soul that still feel wordless. I spent most of my days at school trying to learn patience through my students and running on sheer nerdy passion. I follow Jesus Christ, and savor that as my most important identity--that I am a child of God, as are infinite others, regardless of their other identities. Christ is my one thing.

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