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I taught for several years at a residential school for children with emotional disabilities before staying home after the birth of my second daughter. I returned to teaching, finished my Educational Leadership program in May of 2012, and now work as our district's Writing and Social Studies Coordinator. I have always loved writing and find constant inspiration from my family. Maybe someday, I will get to see my name on the cover of a book!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Slice of Life--Thank you Pamela Hodges

Each week the Slice of Life is hosted by the writers and teachers of Twowritingteachers.wordpress.com. Many bloggers write slices each week that you can read by following the links from the comments, or feel free to join in on the slicing!

This week, I have been grateful to Pamela Hodges , another slicer who gave me the idea to have an angel come to life each night in our house. My youngest daughter, Cecily, is at that cuspy sixth-grade age when children don't believe but still second-guess their non-belief. She has gone along with the mischievous angel. Sort of. The first night the angel toilet-papered Cecily's room--we needed to do something big to let Cecily know that there was some magic going on in the house. My oldest daughter, Larkin, took this on and was quite impressive with the roll of Charmin.

"I know it was you, Mom," Cecily said when she came into my room in the morning.

At least I could say honestly that it wasn't.

Since that night, the angel has had a n umber of adventures. She has switched places with the angel that Cecily has on her mini-Christmas tree in her room. She has dumped out Cecily's sock drawer (which needed sorting through). She has also done some nice things--she folded a large basket of laundry. made some pancake batter that was ready to use in the morning, and found a boot that had been missing for a while. Cecily has started hiding her, which makes her antics a little challenging for me.

She has some plans for the rest of the month that I can't wait to see her act on. One is to take over Cecily's bed and put Cecily into the twin bed that is in her room. I might have to photograph that! I'm open to other suggestions for my little friend that are silly, and not too time-consuming during a busy month--sorry, Pam, but even on a snow day, I don't have time to clean out my pantry right now!

As always, I'm so grateful to my writing community. In this case, Pamela inspired not only writing, but also laughter and silliness in our house!



  1. This kind of silliness is great! It definitely keeps the magic of the season alive. I like that the angel does silly things, like dumping out the sock drawer, and helpful things like folding the laundry. How wonderful!

    If I think of anything, I'll let you know.

  2. Melanie,
    Thank you so much for sharing your angels adventures. My youngest daughter, Timber is also in sixth grade. She wants to believe it is not me. And it really isn't. Or is it? :)

  3. Melanie...so creative and it is so fun when we get ideas from others on the slice. xo

  4. What fun! And Cecily is in the spirit, too. Looking forward to learning of this angel's new antics, Melanie.

  5. Believe it or not, 6th grade was the year for our daughter as well. I was scared that she would somehow be embarrassed, but we made it through. I teach 4th graders and I try to avoid that subject as much as I can. Enjoy this year!

  6. What a clever idea! You'll have some wonderful memories of the adventures of Cecily's angel. Can't wait to hear more about them!

  7. This is so delightful. I love this idea, I must try it on grandchildren someday.

  8. So much fun! We all need this in the midst of running around.

  9. I guess I missed Pamela's 'angel' post, but this idea is wonderful, for those 'tweens' to still enjoy the Christmas/Santa spirit, yet not exactly. How fun for you and the older sister to jump into the angel antics! How about a little angel sparkle sprinkled in a few places?

    1. OOH. I love the sparkle idea! I'll let you know!