Do you ever play this game in your head? “What would have happened if…?” What would have happened if I hadn’t placed my lunch in the back of the choir tour bus where Dave was sitting? Would we have met? Would we have ever found each other on campus? What would me life exactly look like right now if that first encounter hadn’t happened?
What would have happened if I hadn’t subscribed to Stenhouse Newslinks and I wasn’t checking the website when Stacy and Ruth’s first book came out? Would I have ever googled their names to find out what they were up to? Would I have ever found the ‘Slice’? Would I have ever been intrigued enough to start a blog on my own?
Every week your writing changes me. It has taught me community can be built by putting words down, one at a time. Comments connect us as much as the stories write. We visualize each other’s lives in the corners of our country and beyond. We understand the human condition better and grow wiser every week as we read and write. It is something that we want to share with our students, and with our teacher friends that say, ‘there never is enough time,’ or writing is ‘just not my thing’.
Looking back over the last few years at my writing is almost painful. But, I also have also seen the growth…I’ve had some good ideas, however, it is so interesting how your stories have mentored and coached me. I am honored every time a person chooses to read my post, every time a person connects their story to mine. What would have happened if I hadn’t met you?
PS This will be the third time I’ve done the ‘Slice’. I always get all these questions in my head…will I have enough time, will I have an idea every day, can I really make it, should I write some posts before we begin, I am I too old, how can I keep exercising too?
PSS The answers…I’ve found that the answers do come along the way, however, a few things that I’m doing ahead are: writing working titles for stories I haven’t ever written about in WordPress post section for easy access. I also am going to go back on old slices and do some revising…I hope this is cool with Stacy and the girls.
PSSS If I look at this writing as my best ‘first draft’…like we talk about with our kids, I think I will be able to make it. I’m looking forward to growing up more in this 3rd year of posting in the challenge. The PS thing also really seems to help me 🙂 And I you haven’t ever noticed, I don’t always like to follow convention.