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Just One More Square

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i have been looking forward to this all day.

you are going to love this story.

you wait.


but the paper you laid on my desk is not big enough.

i need more please.


i ask to draw on the back.

but you tell me i can’t.


that no one will see what is on the back.

when you stick it motionless to the wall.


well, no one will know my story if you don’t give me space to finish it.

one more square please.


but you tell me one is all i am allowed.

then please tell me how i can finish my story.


i know i did not draw a roof.

that was where my story was to begin.

in the clouds.


and yet now it seems that that is where it will end.


i could have just as easily drawn a house,

with a roof

some flowers

and a sun.


but that is not my story.

my story begins in the clouds and …


well i’m really not sure how it ends.

in fact, i don’t really think that it has to.


end that is.


i watch the big timer move towards zero.

and i want to get up and smash it!


i won’t though.

i will end my story now.

using just my one square.


but know this.

you were going to be in my story.


i was so excited to share it with you.

you would have been magnificent in your cape!


but now i…


thirty seconds left?



i’ll draw a line for the roof.


almost done.

a circle for the sun.

and a few quick flowers in the corner.



i didn’t follow directions?


well, i am sorry.

all i needed was just one more square.

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Jon is currently the assistant principal in Dorchester County, Maryland. This is his seventh year serving as an assistant principal at the elementary level. Prior to becoming an administrator he served as a Math Coach and an elementary school teacher. During his ten years as a classroom teacher he taught first, second, fourth and fifth grades. During his sixth year teaching he earned Nationally Board Certification, which he held for ten years. For seven years he ran a Young Gentleman's Club that was aimed at helping young men reach their full potential.  

Jon received a B.A. from Furman University while majoring in Philosophy. He later went on to earn his B.S from Salisbury University while majoring in Elementary Education. Jon was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to student teach in New Zealand. He eventually received his M.A. degree from Salisbury University in Public School Administration.

Jon lives in Cambridge, Maryland with his amazing wife and two awesome children.

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    Jen McVeity Tuesday, 15 August 2017

    Beautiful, powerful... and so often true. Thanks Jon for the reminder of talent hidden.

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