Day 20: SOLSC Slice of Life Story Challenge

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Brownie, Age 6…Or is that “sick?”

The photographer asked how old I was. I said, “Six.” No smile. The silly man tried to confirm: “Aw, you’re sick?” I giggled, “No, I’m SIX!” Smile. Shoot. Print!

Day 15: SOLSC Slice of Life Story Challenge

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Ode to My Car 

(A Parody using “How Do I Love Thee? (Sonnet 43)” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning)

Honda, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

I love thee to the depth, breadth, and height the snow can reach.

My songs I sing, when feeling out of sight, the notes out of tune, but it’s all right.

I love thee to the level of every day’s need, while driving to store and school and beach.

I love thee freely, as I don’t pay by month.

I love thee purely, as others turn from praise; not sorry you are old, and dirty, and grey.

I love thee with the passion to put to use, the air conditioner, the cup holders for juice.

I love thee, that I can share, my tears, my joys, traveling anywhere.

Smiles, tears, all of my life; and if I choose,

I love thee better when you’re in cruise.

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I’m feeling funky tonight! I wanted to mix parody, odes, and classic pieces. Everything has been so serious lately, that I just wanted to try something new. I have gone over poetry lessons and readings from the past, and I thought, “Just Do It.” This has been a great night for adventures in writing! Sometimes girls just wanna’ have fun.

Have a great weekend!

Day 14: SOLSC Slice of Life Story Challenge

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Happy Birthday!

My sister’s birthday is today. Since I won’t see her tonight, I’ll send her virtual blog greetings!

As the older sister (and wiser, LOL!), I should be the person to take care of family situations, but I’m not good at that. She is the one who always comes through to help everyone, to cook for everyone, and to throw the best parties in the family! I guess she’ll throw her own birthday party, and I will attend. Sis came through for everyone when my grandmother passed away, and just a few weeks ago again when my dad passed. She was there at the hospital, she was there to make the phone calls, and she was there to be a strong presence even in a time of sorrow. My sister is amazing!

I’m not much of a cook. Sure, I can stir ingredients and pop chicken into the crock pot, but my sister is one of those special made-with-love cooks. Her chicken and noodles are delicious! And her chocolate nachos with strawberries on top are to die for! Whenever there is a family function, she is the one to cook up a storm. My mom even complains that she prepares way too much — on Christmas Eve we eat her cheese-and-olive trays and sneak petite cookies — no one is ever hungry for the ham.

Speaking of eating too much, any party my sister throws is a blast. She invites everyone, and there is always an activity paired with loads of food. Summer days are for pool parties, with grilled hamburgers, chips, and homemade cheese dip, along with vegetables, fruit bowls, and chocolate chip cookies. Winter holidays include turkey or ham, mashed potatoes, peas, corn casserole, and other yummy treats to munch on while watching sports or movies.

My sister is the best in the world! Yes, I’m biased, but it IS her birthday. Happy Birthday!

Day 11: SOLSC Slice of Life Story Challenge

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Excited or Exhausted?

I’d like to jump right in and say, “Exhausted!” But when I read other posts from other exhausted people working on this challenge, I experience a second-wind feeling, and I am “excited” to get back to writing. I feel a renewed sense of dedication to my writing, my job, and my life’s journey tonight — Yes, I am excited!

My writing has been on the back burner of my priorities stove top for years. I have so many ideas, and so many times I start a text, only to find some other higher priority (like running to the grocery store or reading the latest entertainment gossip) and run off to complete that first. My goal is to publish, so creating http://www.readingteacherwrites.com is a good start. I must keep it up. I must keep the ideas flowing, and the pen doodling, and the computer typing. I think I can, I think I can, I think I can….break my goal up into “slice of life” sections. One section, “Slice of Life,” cut out for my personal narratives, poems, and pictures. Thank you to all of you at the “SOLSC” for helping me to meet this part of my goal!

My job has been a different type of challenge this year. Much illness, snow, and even my father’s passing recently, kept me from working to my potential. In February, I got my results from a standardized predictive assessment, and my students did well, even though I felt like the school year was slipping away from me. I was excited then, watching their success. I am even more excited today; I watched that group of students take the real standardized test (day one) and I saw that they were confident and ready to show what they know! Some students even replied, “It was easy,” when I asked them how it went. Yes!

My life’s journey — a constant car ride from my school to home, to high school pick up, to the local pizza joint, to my daughter’s new townhouse, to the grocery store — has never been boring. I am an extrovert and I love the daily grind. I never SAY I love it, but I do. My family is wonderful. I never SAY my family is wonderful…well, I just did, didn’t I? Yes, it’s true. I wouldn’t trade them in for anything, except maybe a quiet condo on the lake. LOL! I am a dedicated mom, daughter, wife, teacher, and grandma, although I still definitely want to move to a condo! That’s another goal. A different story.

Exhausted?  Yes. I am exhausted. Excited? Yes, most definitely, I am excited to be here, sharing my stories with you!

Day 10: SOLSC Slice of Life Story Challenge

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The Day I Skipped Out on Life’s Challenges

Today was my day off. Since I already failed the March challenge, I tried to keep my activities low-key today. It worked out, although I have to say I am still kicking myself for being a failure. No problem. I’ll be back tomorrow, better than ever!

The weekend is over, laundry is done, and the testing season starts tomorrow at school, so today I must rest.

Sleep, my friends, that’s the key word! (Another memory: When I studied health in high school, I learned that a person sleeps about 1/3 of their lifetime. My dad teased me, “For you and your mother, it’s half!”)

Day 9: SOLSC Slice of Life Story Challenge

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Red Striped Shirts

One of my dad’s favorite shirts was a red-and-white striped T-shirt that he wore for any casual occasion: weekend wear, golf practice, or going to a ball game. It was one of those “go to” shirts that was washed and worn at least 3-4 times a month, never getting old, never going out of style.  That X-Large shirt found a tiny, size 4T twin one year. My mom bought a similar tee and gave it to my daughter, who was Grandpa’s girl.

Those two pals, the smiley child and the serious man, arranged to wear their shirts when they saw each other. My daughter took walks with Grandpa, accompanied him to baseball events, and just sat in his chair, donning the coveted shirt and smiling from ear to ear — “Grandpa, we match!”

We found out that those 2 shirts were not in the house anymore, most likely being sold at a garage sale after Little One grew out of the 4T, but we don’t mind. We still have the twins in pictures, and in our minds, forever in red and white — taking a walk down memory lane.

Red Striped Shirts Ash and Gramps

DAY 5: SOLSC Slice of Life Story Challenge

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