It's March! That means that I am participating in the Slice of Life Story Challenge. I am happy to co-host this event with the team at Two Writing Teachers. Everyone is welcome!
Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Slice of Life- 31 of 31: And SOLSC 2021 is a wrap
Kelsey Sorum designed the above graphic as we prepared for a presentation, and as I think about my final post, the words and statements hold more true than ever. In March, I recognize what's hard, what I can try, my process, and I create a stash of writing that I can use for teaching well beyond the 31 says. I can also write some pieces that resonate with groups of learners. These are some of the reasons I write.
I also write for connections. At the beginning of the month, I tried to explain to Nawal that she would develop relationships that would surprise her, recognizing the similarities, patterns, and vulnerabilities of other like-minded people. It's a special group that shows up every day with the commitment and bravery to write and share it with an unknown and often unseen audience. And even within this group, communities establish-- I don't think of them as cliques, but instead of clusters; slicers who show up at about the same time each day (sort of like the line of people in a coffee shop when we used to go to coffee shops), who write about similar topics, have children the same ages, teach similar grades. A camaraderie develops, and it's real and sustaining in so many ways.
This month, I was aware of how I steered clear of vulnerability in my posts. I admire you slicers who share the raw, who weave the daily events into something deeper within your past. There were a few days when I thought about it. Those stories stay closer though, some in the pages of handwritten notebooks, others showing up in works of fiction, veiled and screened because they are happening to someone else. I am studying this pattern because I know it has implications for some of the writers I meet in classrooms. What stories do they harbor? Do they want to tell them but perhaps in a different form or through someone else? Maybe. And maybe it's okay to write stories that don't bare truths and souls. I like many of my slices, even though they're not often revealing and emotional. I recognize the complexity of this dilemma, and it's one I'll continue to think about.
Yesterday, I wrote a six-word post about the almost-end. Yes, there's relief, as writing and commenting every day is pressure. (And there's the back end of the whole thing, as well!) But there's also sadness because I know that in March, I live with a greater awareness, paying attentions to events and conversations that could become the tapestry of a slice. Mostly, I am grateful for all of you for showing up, even in 2020 and 2021, when there are so many pressures and other things do do. This writing commitment and community has made me a better listener, writer, and person.
Onward to Tuesdays and March of 2022. SOLSC 2021 is a wrap.