I’ve been teaching at Davidson for 21 years. I can remember exactly how many years only because I landed the job at the same time I found out I was pregnant with twins. Luke and Thomas are now seniors in college, and their brother, Zac, is a high school junior. My husband, Matt, is an attorney in Charlotte, at a law firm that has a lot of English majors and opera singers turned lawyers, which makes for a wonderful, quirky corporate culture. We live in an old house near the center of town, known to locals as Dr. Wood’s office. College students used to be able to get a physical for $6, and Dr. Wood’s kindness and cough medicine were legendary. I like to think he’s the reason why our house has good karma. But I know that it also has to do with our neighborhood, which has a strict policy of well-used front porches, open doors, and free-range kids. Kids roam from house to house, while adults hang out together on the front porches and ignore them. We also have fenced-in back yards for the dogs, who used to play there before the mosquitoes took over.