Well here it is March 1 again and I certainly hope this month will usher in spring. Unlike so much of the country, we here in middle Tennessee have not seen much snow this year. But we have had record low temperatures and cloudy gloomy days. So most of us are thinking that if it isn’t going to snow, then let’s have some warmer weather – and let’s have it come to stay!
When I was a classroom teacher I used to explain the lion and lamb story to my students – the one about how March comes in one way and goes out another. I used to keep track of that, and more often than not it was true. Today, March 1, is cool and gloomy – neither lionish or lamb-like – so there’s no telling what March 31 will bring.
The best thing about today is that it brings the beginning of the March Slice of Life Challenge at the Two Writing Teachers website. Two years ago this challenge prompted me to do what I had long dreamed of and talked about – to write. Right before March 1 of that year I read about this challenge on Choice Literacy and I set up this blog and jumped right in.
I had no idea if I could write every day for a month. But I did! And I did it again last year, and hope to this year as well. Plus I have written regularly in between, making most of the Tuesday Slice of Life postings that continue throughout the year. This piece is post # 204 on this blog.
I never dreamed this would be such a blessing in my life. First of all it allowed me to fulfill a dream – to write. Secondly, the comments over time have been an unanticipated source of inspiration and encouragement for me. And thirdly – maybe most importantly – being a writer has caused me to be an observer and an appreciator of all the life that goes on around me. I have thought more deeply about things. My eyes have been open and my heart has been full. I am forever grateful.
And so this month’s challenge begins. I have missed several days of writing and weeks of posting lately, so I am ready to jump back in. I would say that my writing this month is starting out very wooly and lamb-like. But I hope that as the month continues there will be some powerful lionish pieces that have a voice – a roar – that deserves to be heard.
Let the challenge begin! Many thanks to Two Writing Teachers for hosting this challenge and providing this opportunity.