On Thursday, I met with Dawn and Peter for our weekly Notebook Challenge planning session. We have met weekly for more than ten weeks now. It started back in March, at the tail end of the March Slice of Life Challenge. We wanted to figure out what the Slice of Life Challenge could look like in a distance learning environment. This was where the Tuesday Notebook Challenge was born. When we met this past Thursday, we recorded our last week of invitations together, similar to the way we launched the challenge. One of our invitations for the last week of school included making a list of gratitudes and then choosing one person or thing to write a letter. Here is my letter:
Dear Dawn and Peter,
I wanted to dedicate my Slice this week to the two of you, for being my writing partners. For the past few years, I feel like I have come to know you better through your writing. I think we share a special bond because we write together. When I set out to start a blog and to write regularly, this was a byproduct I never anticipated.
I’ve looked forward to our Notebook Challenge planning meeting during this crazy time. It has felt good to be grounded in something I believe in, spreading our writing work in a way that I think has been good for our community. I also liked catching up and hearing the highlights from your days. I appreciated that we met at the end of the day, how we often showed up kind of tired or overwhelmed by the day. But once we started talking about writing and invitations, the day seemed to evaporate.
I love how our different personalities and approaches came through in our meetings. The planner in me would have never just winged our initial launch video on Zoom and I’ll admit when Peter suggested it, I had my doubts. I’m also grateful that you never judged (out loud) my awesome parenting strategies (aka bribing) during our meetings.
Our meetings over the course of the last few months have often felt like some of my more “normal” moments. Thank you for being my thought partners, writing parters, and friends. I’m excited that there is the possibility to keep this going, in someway, this summer.