Slice of Life Challenge day 27 #sol17

“‘Robots?!’ Papa, can we check this out? Please?” Four sparkling eyes stared up at me with the hope and innocence that only children can muster.  My eldest daughter held out a DVD copy of the 2005 full-length film to me.  Now, the librarian had just handed my library card back to me, and it still hung in midair between my right index finger and thumb.  I looked down at the two of them.

“Are you sure you want to check this out?” I asked.  You see, my daughters have been terrified of full-length films for years.  It has only been recently that the unusual fear of movies has subsided (somewhat), and they have begun to take an interest in them as entertainment.

Briefly, my mind flashed back to four years ago when my wife and I had purchased “Finding Nemo” for a plane ride.  “Finding Nemo”- perfectly harmless, engrossing and innocent children’s movie, right?  Livi took one look at the iPad, saw the blackened screen, heard the ominous tones of an orchestral bass, and that was it. “No!” she shrieked in terror.  Confounded, my wife pushed ‘stop’ and I took a quick glance around the plane- nope, nobody filling out an incident report, yet.  “But honey, this movie is so cute…” we attempted to explain.

“No!” came my child’s voice again.  Okay, that was that.  No full-length movies for years to come.  You see, once our next child arrived, Livi successfully corralled her little sister into this bizarre fear club, too.  So for us, it has been PBS Kids episodes and Scooby Doo circa 1969.  Until now.

“Sure, girls, we can check it.”  I handed my card back to the librarian.

“Yay!” they both exploded, placing the DVD upon the countertop.

Strange how we mark time.  Sometime it’s birthday parties.  Sometimes it’s milestones.  Sometimes it’s teeth falling out.  Sometimes it’s the relinquishing of a fear of movies.

However we mark the passing of time, parents feel it.  And it’s in those moments when we realize our children are no longer who, or how, they once were… that is when we truly feel it.


Author: Lanny Ball

For more than 29 years, Lanny has taught, coached, presented, staff developed, and consulted within the exciting and enigmatic world of literacy. With unyielding passion and belief in the possibility of workshop teaching, Lanny has worked to support students, teachers, and school administrators around the country in outgrowing themselves as both writers and readers. Working first as a classroom teacher, then as a coach and TCRWP Staff Developer, Lanny is now a literacy specialist, working and living in the great state of Connecticut. Outside of literacy, he enjoys raising his three ambitious young daughters with his wife, and playing the piano. Find him on this blog, as well as on Twitter @LannyBall. Lanny is also a former co-author of a blog dedicated to supporting writing teachers and coaches that maintain classroom writing workshops,

9 thoughts on “Slice of Life Challenge day 27 #sol17”

    1. Yes, they watched “Robots” in the car while the baby napped and my wife grocery-shopped. There is a bit of new-found convenience here, I hate to admit. 🙂 Thanks for reading!


  1. I agree with your sentiments…and those milestones never end. My eldest is living and working in Japan (how did that happen?), and my youngest, a high school senior, will sometimes spout such mature thoughts that I simultaneously feel he is ready to be independent but wonder how that leap occurred.

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  2. They grow up way too quickly. How I wish my granddaughters would be little again to snuggle and hold and read to. Now they are 7, still snuggling, but reading to me. Love every minute with your kids. Thanks for sharing.


  3. Your words ring true Lanny. I get it. Had a similar marking of time passing moment this weekend with my 20 year old. I just didn’t think about it the way that you write here. I wrote about it – and now your slice has me rereading what I wrote, thinking about it as time passing.

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  4. It’s fascinating how children outgrow their fears and somehow know they’re ready to give something another chance. I love the opening of your slice, it put us in the moment of that shift and this new experience you are having of your daughters.


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