New rhythms

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged.  Way too long, in fact.  As I’ve shared before, this school year has stretched me in countless ways.  Many days, this means that I simply don’t have the energy to blog.  Or at least, that’s what I tell myself when I see the weekly call for slices.

But new habits can develop, and new rhythms can emerge.  Each March, when I take up my pen (or poise my fingers over the keyboard, as I do when I’m typing my posts), I realize that the rhythm of writing daily renews a part of me that can become buried in the endless to-do lists and worries, the stacks of professional reading or grading or lesson planning.  It allows me to process the seemingly unremarkable parts of my day and recognize the power of a single moment.

Today, that moment came as my class read chapter 14 of Because of Winn-Dixie.  This chapter is so powerful because it gives readers a closer, unfiltered look at Gloria Dump’s past.  Gloria Dump becomes a mentor or advisor to Opal, the main character, and my students quickly recognized her wisdom.  My classroom was silent as students listened during read-aloud this morning; I could see furrowed brows as they learned that Gloria Dump had a tree in her backyard filled with empty whiskey, wine, and beer bottles to remind her of her past mistakes.  As I continued reading, one quote resonated with us: “You can’t always judge people by what they done.  You got to judge them by what they are doing now.”

Gloria Dump’s words were a powerful reminder that regardless of past patterns or bad habits, I can choose to enter March with a renewed rhythm, a renewed sense of the present.  Blogging daily provides me space to ponder and linger.  It gives me peace and clarity.

New rhythms can bring new life.

slice-of-life

I am participating in the Slice of Life challenge to write and publish a post each day in March.   Thanks to Two Writing Teachers for creating a place for writers to share their work all month long and hosting the March Slice of Life Story Challenge!

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10 thoughts on “New rhythms

    • I love your connection the character in the book. I am also reading the Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate Dicamillo, with my second graders.there are so many comparisons and powerful vocabulary. I have been inspired by you all (bloggers) to write and keep practicing. Thank you

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  1. What a beautiful outlook on the challenge! I think your redeveloped habit of writing is going to be purposeful for you this month. Happy writing!

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  2. Wow, what a fantastic quote from Winn Dixie. “You can’t always judge people by what they done. You got to judge them by what they are doing now.” Gives us all permission to outgrow who we once were! Thank you!

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