I wasn’t going to write. Since going back to work, I try to get a rough draft of my Slices done by Sunday. That didn’t happen this weekend. When I made my declaration about ending my Slicing streak to my friend Dawn, she laughed and said, “You will write.”
I gave her my laundry list of excuses.
- Everyone’s so stressed around here. I don’t feel like it.
- I didn’t sleep last night. Constipated baby.
- We have a faculty meeting.
- I have nothing to write about.
This last one is where she got me. “Let’s go for a walk. We will find something!”
We walked together through the halls where the lights were dim, powered by the school’s generators that kicked in following a power failure earlier in the morning. Dawn commented, “It’s so quiet without the buzz of the lights.” It had been a weird day, the power had been out for a few hours at this point. But as we walked by classrooms in the midst of indoor recess, reading, writing, science, and snack- there was a different kind of buzz. It was the sound of engagement. Kids caught up in conversations, books, writing, and each other. Kids leaning in- to book, to wonder, to each other.
“Maybe we should unplug and go back to simpler times more often…” I thought aloud.
Thanks to Dawn for taking me on our own informal learning walk. She helped me find the joy and inspiration to write today despite a lot of excuses. The alternative tonight would have been a Slice about poop in the bathtub. Here’s hoping the sleep excuse from my list will be checked off tonight-now that the constipated baby is taken care of.