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SOLSC Day 21: Skipping

Slice of Life Small LogoThank you to the ladies at Two Writing Teachers ( for hosting the March Slice of Life Story Challenge!


The older you get, the more deeply words affect you. Think of the word “skipping.” When you are young, you learn to crawl, walk, and skip. Skipping is happiness. Skipping is innocence. Skipping is laughter.

Then you grow into adolescence. You’re a rebel. You don’t follow rules; you try activities that prove you are independent. Skipping is hiding (in the school bathroom — “cutting class.”). Skipping is fiddling. Skipping is secrecy. The connotation of the word shifts to a more negative tone than in the “good ol’ days.”

As an adult, skipping becomes more consequential. Skipping work equals unemployment. Skipping a red light means high-cost ticket. Skipping is illegal. Skipping is corruption. Skipping is guilt.  I’m sorry I skipped out on posting yesterday. Another failed day of the challenge, too tired to stand up, too busy to write.

Skipping is bad news!



SOL Tuesday: Feeling of Trepidation

I have a feeling of trepidation today. I don’t know why. Yesterday I came home feeling nauseated, and today is different — better, but worse.  I really need to climb over whatever hill is in front of me and get back to work after vacation, but I’m not sure how.  I did my lesson planning before spring break (accomplishment!), and the plans were in order and easy to carry out the last couple of days. Even my new groups worked well together today in reading rotations! That’s great, but…

I don’t know! Have you ever felt like something was coming to smack you in the face, but you don’t know what it is or when it will hit? Hmm…

Tuesday — Tense — Trepidation — Tell me to stop! Ok, I’m fine.

Spring IS around the corner, right? With the inch of snow that fell last night, one wouldn’t think so, but I am seeing more green on the trees now, and more birds and animals outside, so I am hopeful. There, that’s better.

Hopeful — Harmonious — Happy!

See, writing DOES make you feel better. I tell my students to write daily. Some still say, “I don’t know what to write!” Tomorrow, I’ll say, “Start with some letters of the alphabet, and think of words that show how you are feeling.” Lesson planning continues…back to work!