Friday, March 4, 2016
Day 4-#SOL16: The Writing Connection
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!
To be honest, I almost didn't take the SOL Challenge this year. I know this is a trope, but there is a lot on my plate. Maintaining my personal blog even weekly has been challenging. However, at the eleventh hour, I found myself filling out that participation form and drafting my first post of March.
Tara Smith's post on the second day describes the connections she feels to her daughter because of books. "At lunch time, feeling the need to connect with her somehow, I reached for one of her favorite Harry Potter books," Tara wrote.
Yes, books connect us, and so does writing.
Throughout the day, I check in on comments, and I'm always happy to see comments from the people I have met through the writing community checking in and leaving a message. I'm also happy to meet new people through their comments and through the posts where I head to read and see what they are writing. And also, just as Tara connects with her daughter through books, I connect with my own daughter, Larkin, because this is her third year doing the Slice of Life.
Larkin is away at school, and even though I talk to her a couple times a week (sometimes more, sometimes less), reading her posts throughout March and seeing what she celebrates and highlights through her writing each day is an unbelievably powerful connection. It's one thing to put up pictures, which all of my daughters do, but it's another thing to take the time to reflect and write about them.
(Quick plug for Larkin: she blogs at lalalalark.wordpress.com. She's funny, insightful, and generally short-winded, and she welcomes comments!)
Writing is something we value as a family. Even as I sit drafting right now, my youngest daughter is plunking away at her keyboard, sharing snippets of her story with me when she creates a special line or image. Maybe in another few years, she will be away at school connecting with me through the Slice of Life Challenge.