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!