"Seriously, are you really going to write every day?" the astonished grad student asked as we finished our salads in the moments before class. "I could never do that."
"You are already writing 3 times a week for this class and I'm not hearing complaining! Writing is a habit just like exercising or meditating," I smiled. "Writing every day for this SOL challenge is some of the best PD I've ever had!" I added.
As I I fired up the slides for the class and classmates filed in to explore writing practices and poetry, I quietly added, "You could save a lot of money by doing this SOL challenge! This is where I learned what is important!"
On the drive home, I reflected on seven years of slicing every day in March. I thought about writing posts in an emergency room, in a nursing home, and while I was home sick. I remember finishing posts in the early morning before heading to work and in the moments before students arrive. I remember finding posts in my classroom and finding slices while driving! I remember the thrill of that first comment and power of reading other's post.
So hard as it will be, I'll try to write early or post late between babies, concerts, grad students, struggling readers, paying bills, doing laundry, and estate management!