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“What did you love most about recess when you were a kid?” I ask my husband.

“Marrying Joanna McKenna.”


“During 3rd grade recess, I married Joanna McKenna. She was very pretty. I used the tinfoil from my sandwich wrapper and made her a ring. And one of our friends served as the rabbi. Although now to think about it, Joanna wasn’t Jewish.”

“So I’m your second wife? In fact, your second non-Jewish wife?”

“Yes. And you’re lucky your wedding ring isn’t made from tinfoil.”

“I feel very grateful. Any other recess memories that don’t involve child brides?”

“Tons! Like butt ball on the playground.”

“That sounds intriguing.”

“We’d take turns standing against the wall and our friends would throw a ball as hard as they could and try to hit us and it really hurt when the ball hit you in the butt.”

“I don’t think I will ever understand boys. Would you like to hear my best recess memory?” I ask.

I don’t wait for him to answer.

“I had cut my hair in this horrible Dorthy Hamill cut that never feathered properly. But it was picture day so I used a curling iron, 3 cans of Aqua Net and made some kind of deal with the devil to get it to perfectly feather to the max. It looked so fab.”

“Is that the whole story?” he asks.

“No. So I’m standing outside at recess, enjoying this perfect sunny day when Richard Worms, who is INSANELY CUTE, walks by me and says, ‘Your hair looks really good.'”

“His last name is Worms?”

“Yes. But not the point of the story. Anyway, I was so dumbstruck by his compliment that I said absolutely nothing in response. Just a blank, Dorthy Hamill-esque stare. In fact, I’m pretty sure I never said anything to him again. But it really was the best, most amazing recess ever.”

“But was it better than playing butt ball?” Rick wants to know.

“I think so.”

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kelcey kintner