Today is day 24 in the month long Slice of Life Story Challenge sponsored by Two Writing Teachers. What am I going to do when this is over?
Starting a New Tradition a la Lucy
Lucy Calkin’s closing speech at the 90th Teachers College Saturday Reunion gave me enough food for thought to fill a month’s worth of posts.
Her big message was centered around the word tradition. This being the 90th reunion Lucy commented that these Saturday reunions are now a tradition for the staff as well as for many of those in the audience. Lucy continued to say that traditions tie us together and make us feel like we belong, even when that belonging can make us “feel less weird.”
One of the best traditions for teachers to engage in according to Lucy was to be a writer. What? Did she just say that? Was she talking to me the new participant in the slice of life story challenge? She went on to state that writing helps us to do more wide awake living. Huh… isn’t that what I’ve been experiencing this month, live awake living.
My slice of life writing had me looking closely at sunrises and sunsets, birds, and trees. My writing has had me thinking about my soon to be grandchildren, my family and little bits of rainbows. I’ve traveled back to Switzerland with my family, became vulnerable, and I discovered so many new ways to think about my student writers (here and here). Yes Lucy, writing has had me living more wide awake.
Lucy stated that is once you do something five times and then write about it, then it becomes a habit, a tradition. And all one has to do to make a tradition is to just start, to take one little step towards that new tradition, to begin something new.
Being that it is day 24 of the slice of life story challenge, it looks as if I have a new tradition.
So today, thanks to this slice of life story challenge and Lucy’s words, I am officially starting – just starting (as Lucy stated) .. to be a daily writer!
Are you ready to start with me?