Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Slice of Life: Professional Learning or the Bachelor---hmmmm...

   I'm doing my best to keep up with slicing on Tuesdays! All are welcome! Join us at Two Writing Teachers!

At about 7 last night, I was nearing the end of a spinning class (in my bedroom) when Lanny texted. Are you going to the CARR thing, he wanted to know. I appreciated his text, his reaching out, and I appreciated it even more as he responded more. We had met at one of the state reading conferences, he pointed out in a follow-up text. 

My initial reaction was definitely not, but for a moment, I hesitated. When I met Lanny, we were at a local museum, and the venue was so right for a bunch of teachers who were getting together to talk about the profession well after working hours. That being said, I've admired how so many people have kept their learning going in virtual spaces. For just another very small moment (side note: word for 2021), I hesitated a little longer. 

Then I responded. 

Nope. I can't. Watching the Bachelor premier with the girls. 

As much as I'd love to connect with other educators, my connections with my daughters were calling much louder. All four girls are home for another week, and it has been so. much. fun.

Lanny also has three daughters, but they are much younger than mine-- far away from appreciating the muscles on Matt James. Chances are you'll be making a similar choice in another few years, I texted Lanny. 

My guess he is was laughing on his end. If I missed anything good at the conference, I know he'll share. 

It was a good choice. I'm guessing some of you appreciate that! 


  1. Soak up all of those moments you're spending with you daughters. I loved that time when I was in college.

  2. The way you use connections to structure this slice is so powerful, moving from you and Lanny to you and your daughters to Lanny and his daughters, wrapping back with a nod to you and Lanny. Super skillful.

  3. While I'm not a fan of reality TV, I truly appreciate your choice! Your Slice is so light and pleasant, but your choice speaks volumes about priorities and self-care. Kudos for setting professional boundaries!

  4. YES. Those moments we can never manufacture, but always hope to be on the lookout for, and always hope to be open to.

    I love that you found a way to hold some boundaries for yourself, and to give yourself a chance to be in the situations that bring YOU the most joy.

    Here's to many more moments of joy and love for you!