SOLC 2018–Day 30: Anticipation


March 2018 SOLC–Day 30
A huge thank you to Two Writing Teachers for all that they do to create an amazing community of writers and a safe, welcoming space to write, learn, share and grow.

Yesterday, I raced out the doors at the end of the day with as much enthusiasm as the kids did. (Although I managed to maintain a brisk walk and to resist the temptation to gallop, skip and/or dance. On a side note, neither did I throw myself into a snow bank. But I digress…) The sky was blue, the sun was shining and with temperatures in the low 50s, it felt practically balmy! I bumped into my slicing colleague, Cindy of Mainer in Training (And as another aside, can I just say how delightful it is to work with someone who participates in the challenge?!)

“Only two more days!” we whooped, as the kids streamed by to get on buses.

“And it’s so beautiful out!” we enthused.

We walked inside together, celebrating the weather and commiserating about writing wells that seem to be running dry, about how tough the last few slices have been, and about the intensity of the past few weeks at school.

The weather outside was singing it’s siren song, and Cindy was practically dancing with impatience. “I’m going home right now,” she said.

“Me, too!” I exclaimed. “No conferences tonight!” I daydreamed aloud. “It’s so beautiful! I wonder if it’s warm enough to sit on the porch at home in the special sheltered spot. I could even have a margarita!”

“Oh! You could slice about this conversation!” Cindy suggested.

“Oh, maybe I will! I’d been thinking about creating a spine poem,” I said. “Leigh Anne Eck just wrote one, and I’d forgotten all about them.”

“What’s a spine poem?” Cindy asked. I explained and she looked thoughtful.

After a bit more conversation, we both went our separate ways, excited by spring temperatures and a free afternoon at the end of a couple of long weeks.

By the time I arrived home, the clouds had rolled in and the temperature had dropped. Honestly, I didn’t even mind. It was enough having tasted the possibility. Soon enough, I’ll spend a lazy afternoon on the porch, basking in the spring sun. Reading and maybe drinking an iced coffee or a margarita. It didn’t happen today, but it was well worth imagining. And anticipating it will make it all the sweeter when it does arrive.




20 thoughts on “SOLC 2018–Day 30: Anticipation

  1. dianeandlynne says:

    “It was enough having tasted the possibility.” You really bring me into your day. I can picture the skipping and dancing and enthusiastic embrace of the beautiful day. I so enjoy reading your posts.

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  2. dmsherriff says:

    It is beyond fabulous to have a colleague who is a slicer! I have a few in my district and it is THE best! Hallway conversations, like yours here, are energizing and inspiration as the balmy 50’s! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. jcareyreads says:

    Your slice about your conversation reminded me of a similar hallway conversation I had with ☝️Dawn recently. I loved all of the details that share your anticipation- especially holding back from galloping!

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  4. cindaroo42 says:

    Your conversations are always so motivating and helpful! It’s so amazing how such a small thing can turn into a fabulous slice! Don’t hold back from galloping today… it’s going to be 56 and sunny right at 3:00 today! Happy Friday!

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    • mbhmaine says:

      Cindy, I love doing the challenge with you! I wouldn’t change my move to fourth grade, but I do miss being across the hall from you. I love the daily glimpses into your world that I get from your slices. I hope you keep up with some Tuesday participation. 🙂


  5. ureadiread says:

    It’s so true that sometimes tasting possibility is enough to keep us going. And also, isn’t it amazing what a huge difference the sunshine makes on our moods? I felt as though I, too, had a taste of spring sun through your window. Thanks.

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  6. This whole slice is full of a sense of anticipation. I love the line “It was enough having tasted the possibility” and I’m glad to hear that you made it out of school without throwing yourself into a snow bank. 😉

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  7. margaretsmn says:

    I just love how you create these posts with conversation. I feel I am right there with you. So much so that I want to invite you to my back deck where the weather is absolutely delightful. Now once summer comes, there will be no sitting outside. That’s the trade-off.

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  8. terierrol says:

    Sometimes the coming possibility of something is enough. Those warmer days are coming. We will be throwing ourselves into water to cool off!

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  9. Mindful Literacy says:

    Sometimes the waiting and anticipation helps to make the reality that much more special.

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  10. bjdonaldson says:

    I enjoyed this little slice of your day, this conversation! Your enthusiasm and joy come through. I smiled at this line, “I managed to maintain a brisk walk and to resist the temptation to gallop, skip and/or dance,” because I have been right there with you. Thanks for the slice!

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