The Slice of Life Challenge is hosted by the inspirational writers of Two Writing Teachers. Each March, they invite people to join them in a commitment to write every day. Here's to another year of daily slicing!
Yesterday, I wrote ten lines I wanted to remember from the work we did with a TC Staff Developer. "It's always worth wondering about what you don't write about," Shana Frazin said to a group of teachers. Those words resonated with me, and I have been contemplating what I don't write about all day. Mostly, I play the emotional end of writing pretty safe. Tonight, my daughter provided an incredibly emotional moment in my day, so I will write about it.
Relay for Life has always been a big deal in our house. My daughters are captains, coordinators, organizers, and leaders in this even that raises money for the American Cancer Society. We have many personal connections to cancer, and my four girls watched my dad go through prostate cancer treatments for fourteen years. Since my oldest girl is almost 20, that means they really have no memory of my father without cancer.
Clare wrote her fundraising post tonight, and she called me into her room to read it and make sure it was okay.
"Do you think this is okay to post?" she asked. She turned her laptop toward me as I entered her bedroom.
I had no idea what she was putting in front of me. I guess I was expecting a tweet to a friend, an announcement of a school event. Maybe I just wasn't expecting--
I've been emotional over the last couple of days. A conversation with someone I don't know well about losing a parent had me teary on my ride home. Sometimes we are more fragile than others.
So when Clare showed me her post, it slayed me.
My dad finished his fight. On June 3rd, it will be a year, so this is the first Relay we will be without him.
I always admire how Clare Landrigan wends her way from her personal stories to the connections that exist between those stories and the work she does with students. I wonder what struggles, what emotional raw spots exist for the people I work with. It's been a good day for remembering to pay attention to the fragility around is. Above all else, kindness matters.
All good things,