It is February 28th and it is the eve of March and the Slice of Life Challenge. I have been going back and forth. Truly wanting to do the challenge but worried about the commitment to writing EVERYDAY! I feel like I do when I am at the beach in Maine. The ocean looks so beautiful and inviting but I don’t want to set foot in it from the shock of the cold.
I am doing this with my students and I need to jump right in with them. With all of the demands of teaching my writing gets pushed to the back burner. The only writing I typically get to write is quickly written sample pieces I use as models in mini lessons. Once we get into a writing unit, my time is spent planning, teaching and conferring. It is like I have waded in up to my ankles and I am waving at my students from a distance. I encourage and cheer them on as they have all the fun swimming and riding the waves on boogie boards.
So it is time to take the plunge. It is funny how an idea can creep into my mind and then it seems like the universe is aligning to push me in the right direction. It all starts with the trickle of an idea from Two Writing Teachers and the weekly call for slices… Hey I can do that I think. A fortune cookie telling me “You are a lover of words you should write a book” … Yes, I probably should. Browsing in a bookstore I pick up a book about happiness and it says to start a blog… I hadn’t thought of blogging as a key to happiness.
The trickle of thought droplets has become a flood and the message has been received. Time to swim with my students into the ocean of writing.