My hands were full as I headed down to the basement study to meet up with my online writing student. On top of my laptop I balanced a bin filled with flair pens, a container of colored pencils, my wireless mouse, and some paper. Today’s lesson was about getting ideas for writing and I was rushing to get set up in time
As I turned to close the door behind me I lost my balance. The markers slid off the slippery laptop and tumbled down the stairs. The mouse hit each step and toppled across the floor, with the battery rolling across the tile. The colored pencils flopped over and landed upside down a few stairs below me.
As I stood at the top of the stairs and looked down at the colorful mess I laughed. Lucy Calkins would be proud! Unlike lesson one of the grade one small moment writing unit, I did not stage this fall of the markers onto the floor as a model for the perfect small moment story. This fall of tools was an true accident! The only problem was I hadn’t recorded it for my student. It was an accident, really it was. And as you see here on today’s post, I’m making it work as a slice of a story!
Throughout the month of March I will be participating in the Slice of Life Story Challenge with the community of writers over at Two Writing Teachers. Each day I will post a draft of a story detailing a small snippet from my life. This will be my sixth year participating, and each year I marvel at all the small moments I would have missed in my life if not for this challenge. I am grateful to Stacey Shubitz, Betsy Hubbard, Beth Moore, Kathleen Neagle Sokolowski, Melanie Meehan, and Amy Ellerman for hosting this wonderful event!