“Wren! Do you want to write your slice of life?” This is what I’ve asked my oldest daughter every day since I ended the March Slice of Life Challenge…well, actually yesterday, I forgot so today she wrote two slices to catch up. Nearly every day, our routine involves me typing while Wren writes a story of her life in the air. I try not to intervene, but I do sometimes ask questions. Sometimes, we write together right before bed and Adi, my middle daughter, listens in. She often asks if she can write a “slice” too.
Each night, we text the link from Wren’s blog to our family. She has some very loyal readers. Somehow, that part doesn’t matter that much to Wren. She isn’t so cognizant of her audience yet. She’s more concerned with just writing every day and seeing her list of posts grow longer.
I’ve been really happy to carve out this bit of time together each day. I’m even more excited by the tiny treasures she’s creating that we will always have to go back and read. Sometimes, her perspective surprises me…like the day she lost her first teeth (two in one day), was the day she considers one of the best days of her life. Also, moments, I think mean nothing to her, she then decides to write about, letting me know that these moments do matter.
Tomorrow, our school is launching our version of the Slice of Life Challenge: Distance Learning Edition. We are using this time to offer a weekly Notebook Challenge to our entire school community, kids, parents, and staff-a time to get off of their screens and return to a notebook. I hope people take on this challenge so that families can experience a bit of the gifts I’ve had with Wren this month. Our words can be a gift. So can the writing process.
Here is a link to Wren’s blog, Wren’s Tweets, in case you want to check out her writing…shared by one proud Mom.