About Me:

Aloha! I'm Wendy Kennar. I'm the mother of a seven-year-old son and a wife living in Los Angeles. I was a public school teacher for twelve years until a chronic medical condition made it necessary to leave my teaching career.

I've always been described as "quiet" - really, I'm just biting my tongue. I've got lots to say, and lots of thoughts to share, I just prefer to write them. That's the purpose of this blog. Each Wednesday, I post a personal essay offering my observations and thoughts.

A few fun facts about me: I've wanted to be a writer since second grade, when my teacher, Mrs. Jones, made me a "book" with a yellow construction paper cover. I have never learned to whistle, have always preferred sunflowers to roses, and have spent my life living within the same zip code.

Through the years, my writing has been published in the Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, United Teacher, GreenPrints, L.A. Parent, DivineCaroline.com, RoleReboot.org, XOJane, and Brain, Child Magazine. Additionally, my personal essays have been included in several anthologies, including: The Barefoot Review, Beyond the Diaper Bag, Lessons From My Parents, Write for Light, Being a Grown-Up: A User's Manual for the Real World, Ka-Pow!, How Writing Can Get You Through Tough Times, Breath and Shadow, The Grey Wolfe Storybook, and Sisters Born, Sisters Found.
I am a regular contributor at MomsLA.com, and you can also find me at Goodreads.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

First I Was, Now I Am

   My son is learning about community helpers in his kindergarten class.  He came home and proudly read me the little book he had made in class.  The book, “I Can Be Anything,” is the motto I want my son growing up and believing wholeheartedly.  

   During their early years, children believe everything is possible.  No one has told them that they are too short or too slow or too-anything for any one particular career.  When my son was three-and-a-half years old, he began telling me he wanted to be a firefighter when he grows up.  Now, he tells me he first wants to be (fill-in-the-blank), then he wants to be (a different-fill-in-the-blank).  His fill-in-the-blanks have included:  firefighter, teacher, scientist, doctor, and astronaut.  I love his confidence, the fact that by merely stating it, he firmly believes it can be so.

   People who know me well know that there were two professions that held my interest as a young girl:  astronaut and teacher.  I wanted to be an astronaut for most of my childhood.  However, while in high school, I volunteered in an elementary school classroom, and fell in love with teaching.

   But those weren’t the only two careers that sparked my interest.  Some were random ideas I entertained, ideas that seemed so far-fetched to me, but so intriguing, that I never shared them with anyone.  Until now.

   - Horses.  I realize horses aren’t a career.  I just wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with horses.  I just knew I liked horses (with my experience being limited to the Griffith Park Pony Rides and a couple of riding lessons) and thought I would enjoy spending my days working and being with horses.

   - Marine biologist.  I didn’t know this term at the time.  I just knew whales fascinated me.  Their size, their family loyalty, their strength, their gracefulness, their intelligence.  I wanted to be out on a boat, in the middle of the ocean, studying these “gentle giants.”

   - Air Force Pilot.  I wanted to learn to fly a jet, to soar and zoom above the Earth.  I also knew I didn’t want to be a soldier, engaged in combat missions or anything that wasn’t peaceful.

   I began my teaching career believing, unequivocally, that “teacher” would be my only answer to the question, “What do you do?”  Now, I know that I don’t have to limit myself.  Without realizing it, my son has helped me see that I too can have one profession and then another.  First, I was a teacher.  Now, I am a writer.


  1. Ryan is amazing and I believe when he grows up he will be whatever he wants and he will be good at it.He is truly an exceptional child,and you are doing a fantastic job in raising him.You were an excellent teacher and your student's loved you,and now you are an exceptional writer.You have wanted to write and started writing when you were a little girl in grade school.You certainly have a talent for writing,and you are being published more and more.I am very proud of you and love you very much.

  2. Ryan is one special child. You are a great mommy. I love reading your work, and you certainly have a way with words. Your mother & I are proud of you.
    love, dad

  3. Honey,
    It is really exciting to think of all the possibilities that lie ahead for us! I am so proud of you and I am so proud of Ryan! All the things you do are just a part of you, they don't define your whole being. You are an amazing being that is full of wonder, love, talent, and strength.
    I Love You!
    Love, me