A Nativity Scene

A birth on Christmas Eve

Rion Amilcar Scott
Dec 24, 2019 · 9 min read
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The day finds me already overwhelmed and it’s not even dawn. It’s Christmas Eve and I just woke after a short sleep to sit at the dinner table to pore over stacks of student assignments. Final grades were due days ago. This semester I somehow found myself teaching the equivalent of seven classes across two institutions. For me, that’s more college students than names I can recall. I feel…