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Things You Didn't Put On Your Resumé

From the December 5, 2006, installment of The Writer's Almanac, a poem of the same title by Joyce Sutphen:

Things You Didn't Put On Your Resumé How often you got up in the middle of the night when one of your children had a bad dream, and sometimes you woke because you thought you heard a cry but they were all sleeping, so you stood in the moonlight just listening to their breathing, and you didn't mention that you were an expert at putting toothpaste on tiny toothbrushes and bending down to wiggle the toothbrush ten times on each tooth while you sang the words to songs from Annie, and who would suspect that you know the fingerings to the songs in the first four books of the Suzuki Violin Method and that you can do the voices of Pooh and Piglet especially well, though your absolute favorite thing to read out loud is Bedtime for Frances and that you picked up your way of reading it from Glynnis Johns, and it is, now that you think of it, rather impressive that you read all of Narnia and all of the Ring Trilogy (and others too many to mention here) to them before they went to bed and on way out to Yellowstone, which is another thing you don't put on the resumé: how you took them to the ocean and the mountains and brought them safely home.



My wife and mother would love this.

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