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Slice of Life 27: Just two things

A short post tonight, as I’ve still got piles to do. Two quick things from this evening:

Things always take longer than you think they’re going to, even with all the technology in the world. For a long time, I resisted doing electronic birthday invitations because I didn’t like how impersonal they felt. But life happened and after getting one evite after another from fellow stressed parents, I succumbed. 

So tonight, after finally setting up my soon-to-be-ten-year-old’s birthday party, I thought, I’ll just quickly send out these invites to his friends. That’ll just take a minute. I should have known that nothing ever takes a minute anymore. More than an hour later, I was still looking for parent email addresses in at least three different PTA directories while my son continued to add more names to his guest list. In the end, it’s okay though. After all, this little man is also the one who decided to forego gifts this year in favor of a donation to a local food bank. I’ll let him invite as many friends as he’d like.

Tonight was also one of our scheduled Heinemann Fellows conference calls. Every six weeks or so, our group gets together to catch up and share our action research. I really love this group, and I will be forever thankful to Vicki Boyd, Ellin Keene, and everyone at Heinemann for bringing us together. Even though we’ve only known each other a short while, if there’s such as thing as teacher soulmates, I think I’ve found them.

Here’s to Tuesday….

slice of lifeThis post is part of the Slice of Life Challenge, hosted by Two Writing Teachers, who have created a space for writers and teachers of writers to come together. To learn more about this challenge, click here.

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  1. That is the truth – everything takes longer than you think, especially with electronics devices. I hope you have a wonderful party for your son — very impressive that he is asking for donations, not presents.


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