March #SOLC15 Day 7
Yesterday the man on the news said it was “Unplug Day”. He said we should turn off all of our devices and really connect with people.
How sad is it that we have to be offered that advice (or directive, however one might have taken it?)
I thought about our writing community.
What the man on TV didn’t know was that by writing our stories – our personal, funny, serious, scary, sentimental, poetic stories (on our devices) – and sharing them with such a huge writing community we ARE connecting with people.
The connections we’re making go so very deep. I was at a local restaurant in my school district yesterday afternoon ordering pizza to pick up later for dinner. I was greeted by a woman who worked there and who also happened to be one of our students’ parents. She lit up when she saw me. I placed my order and then she said, “Mrs. Janski (aka shellybelly75blog.wordpress.com) texted me a poem that my son wrote in school today. It’s a poem about my father dying.” I listened intently. I love hearing from our parents, especially when they talk about their children’s writing. She went on to ask if she could read me his poem. I looked behind me, appealing with my eyes to the customer behind me, Please let her read this poem to me. It’s so important!
I stood at the pizza counter, both of us beaming with pride with tears soon to follow, as I listened to a mom read her son’s poem to me. “I had no idea he could write like that”, she said. “I don’t know what they’re doing at that school, but they are bringing stuff out of my son that I never knew was there!” I thought to myself, I know exactly what they’re doing at that school. Mrs. Weathers, your son’s teacher (aka https://sweathersblog.wordpress.com) and the rest of her colleagues across the district are very intentionally and deliberately molding confident young writers. My comment back to mom was, “This is only the beginning for your son. He’s got so much more to say.”