Monday, March 19, 2018

Slice of Life 2018- 19 of 31

For the month of March, I am participating in the Eleventh Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge. That means that I am writing every day for the month of March in the good company of the Two Writing Teachers community. 

March 19 is a special day in our house because someone has a birthday. Last year at this time, I had to write my birthday post for Julia from afar. 

Julia was a freshman in college, and she'd chosen a school that was far from home. I was incredibly grateful to Lisa Keeler, a fellow slicer and now a good--no, a great friend!  Lisa played the part of the mom when I couldn't. She made dinner for Julia and even got her a cake and candles.  

This year's a different story. On the even before Julia's 20th birthday, she's downstairs analyzing basketball upsets with her dad. They're having quite a time.

Deciding to transfer and leave a place that's not working well to forge a different track is brave. At this time last year, Julia's applications as a transfer student were complete, and we were in another high-stress waiting game. What a difference a year makes-- 

This girl. This girl is kind and wise and brave. She's resilient and and realistic, reflective and funny. Her six word story goes something like this: 

I can. I will. I did. 

Happy birthday to Julia! 


  1. Love it!!! Thanks for sharing her story -- many parents need to read it!!

  2. I remember reading about Lisa stepping last year - what a great friend! It is so hard to know what we want to do at 18, 19, or even 40 years old. (That's when I decided to become a teacher!) I am sure she will continue to: I can. I will. I did.

    And there are so many upsets to talk about! I am rooting for Loyola now!

  3. What will and perseverance. Congratulations to her on her 20th birthday and to you for raising such a resilient young woman. Isn't it funny how something so stressful seems to vaporize in thin air into a new calmness. How quickly old stressors are forgotten.

  4. Aah... What a beautiful piece for Julia. There are many lessons she learned in the process and I'm sure she is off to great things! Happy birthday Julia!

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