Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Slice of Life Challenge


For the last month, I've been intently reading many of the slice of life stories in the challenge that was over at Two Writing Teachers. Every day, for the month of March, people submitted slice of life entries. Since March is over, Two Writing Teachers have modified their challenge. Starting today, April 1, every Tuesday, interested participants can continue to submit a SOLS. While I watched from the sidelines in March, I've decided to jump in for a while with this new challenge. Wish me luck!

My first SOLS --

Monday was our first day back to school after spring break. After a week on a beach doing nothing more taxing than deciding what number sunscreen to apply, what book to read next, or what restaurant to go to for dinner, I came back rested and rejuvenated to tackle the last nine weeks of school with my 5th graders.

But no matter how rested I was, that first day back was still a full day of school, and when I got home, I was tired. I walked in the back door, ready to start my evening chores, and my can't-be-separated-from-my-cell-phone-only-have-time-for-my-friends-but-not-you-and-dad
17-year old daughter said, "Wow! You look pretty! I love your cute jacket and your new necklace and earrings!" The best part is that she really meant it; no hidden agenda, no buttering me up to ask for something. A real, honest-to-goodness compliment for no reason at all -- the absolute best kind!

For me, that's a slice of life I want to hold on to -- a rare and precious jewel. Who knows?!! I may survive her high school years after all!

9 comments:

  1. It's interesting how one comment can brighten up a day. It's the power of words, right?
    Kevin

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  2. What a great moment after a full day at school. I remember acting just like your daughter just four short years ago--it's a phase and you will get through it! :)
    Have a great week.

    Ashley

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  3. Seems like we always get just what we need when we need it the most!

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  4. A rare and precious jewel, indeed! Thanks for sharing your SOL. I will be looking forward to reading more!
    ~jane

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  5. A rare and precious moment indeed! You are emerging from the other side of parenting to become a real person!

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  6. precious jewels are the slices of life we live for...I wrote down a precious jewel in my writer's notebook today...I am a literacy coach..and I am modeling a wriing unit of study on writing small moments (Lucy Calkins...with a Marie twist) anywho...today I when I was conferring with one of the first graders she said,
    "Mrs. Lee, I think that Jesus is smiling at you right now."
    I said, "Ah...that's sweet. Why do you think that?"
    she said, "Because you are always helping us get smarter with writing and you love us too."
    ...now isn't that slice of life...a real precious jewel...

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  7. A huge thanks to all of you for supporting my first slice of life!! I look forward to finding the right "slice" each Tuesday.

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  8. Welcome to slicing Karen. Glad you're off the side lines and in the mix with us.
    I loved your jewel:
    my can't-be-separated-from-my-cell-phone-only-have-time-for-my-friends-but-not-you-and-dad
    17-year old daughter said, "Wow! You look pretty! I love your cute jacket and your new necklace and earrings!"

    and your return to reality after a wonderful vacation, like I just had one week ago.
    Welcome,
    Bonnie

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