Here, or present?

TheRedChair WinstonSalem

Remember when you were in grade school, and when the teacher would take attendance you had the choice of saying “here” or “present”? As a second or third-grader, it was about the only choice anyone ever gave us, so it was kind of cool. Or, it would have been, if it weren’t for the fact that I didn’t really understand what “present” meant, and never used it. I thought it was some sort of alternate declaration – about what I wasn’t sure – so I stuck with “here,” even though it turns out “present” meant the same thing. Which is why I’m feeling a little justified as I write this today, because now, of course, we know that they aren’t the same at all.   Read More