Angelle Terrell

Red Stick Mama. Cajun Girl. Future Bestseller. Visual Storyteller. History Nerd. Dog Petting Enthusiast.

What I’ll Teach My Kids About January 6, 2021

Oh gosh. I guess you opened this piece thinking that there would be some pithy antidote here. Like a poorly patched thesis statement about tough conversations. About America the beautiful. E Pluribus Unum and...

What I’ll Miss About Tailgating is Not Tailgating

The Funky Bunch My friends and I have tailgated in the same spot for ten years. 2020 would have been the eleventh. It started as a way to stay connected in the wake of graduating...

Dear Ruth Bader Ginsburg – From an American and a Mother

When I heard about your death, I was cooking barefoot in the kitchen. 2020 is full of irony. My children were there. One was at my leg, clawing for my attention as I poured...

All I Can Do Is Lead With Love: Teaching in a Pandemic

I had a breakthrough in my decade-long teaching career just two years ago. Latent as that epiphany may be, I’m thankful it happened at all. I had tried to face my students with a...

What a Mom With High-Functioning Anxiety Needs

Once I had to drive myself to the hospital across town. Time was of the essence. On this particular day, all of the interstates were shut down due to a very high-profile funeral in...

The Phrase I Won’t Teach My White Sons: In Memory of Ahmaud Arbery

I stroll with my two young sons almost everyday through our neighborhood. Since February, the cloudless sky can almost be too blue and too beautiful with the bright sun beaming down on us. I...

Dear High School Senior: Your Mom is Grieving Too

Dear High School Senior, There are probably a lot of emotions running through you right now. At some point in the not-too-distant-past, you felt a jolt of electricity when the announcement first hit – school...

It Looks Like I’m Falling Apart, But I’m Fighting Harder Than You Know

From the look of my mornings, you’d probably say I am falling apart. It happened in the span of an hour. My husband had disappeared into the bedroom for his drawn-out morning of preparation which...

The Home Front Constant: Moms Make It Work

In the American Revolution, they dashed onto battlefields to man canons that had lost their Continental soldier to enemy fire. They pressed their ears against fireplaces to listen to British secrets being discussed for...