Today when I posted for the slice I anxiously awaited the number, it pleased me, 100 slices. I wasn’t at all sure last year when I did March if I would ever make it through March, writing frequently was new to me. Many of us in this challenge remember the movie 2001 Space Odyssey at the theater in the late ’60s. I was 12 years old. All I remember thinking back then was, we will never get there, this will never come to pass in my lifetime. The movie felt dark, but even so, I was intrigued. My daughter graduated from high school in 2001 and I also remember thinking, “my daughter graduates in a year that I never thought would come.”
So tomorrow, when my blog shows me this is my 101 post, I know that it is not my 2001 post, however it is significant because it is an utter surprise because I never thought it would come to pass… the gratitude I feel…the strength that I have developed this past year. My writing bones are still growing and I have still so much to learn…but it is a foundation.
Thank you Ruth and Stacy for believing in all of us, for opening up your writing lives to all of us. And most of all, thank you my friends who give kind words. It is such a life lesson, isn’t it ? My students have gained because of the words that you write to me…because I look for the good in what they write now. I don’t always move that difficult piece to the bottom of the pile. I look for the good.
I am at the end of my season as a teacher…one year left, and tears are starting to spring at the thought. The vast majority of you are at the beginning. I know that you will be able to take what you learn from here and live like you do during the slice…being faithful, diligent, organized and loving with the students entrusted to your care.