Tuesday Slice of Life Story Challenge

Today, May 12th, 2020, I’m participating in Two Writing Teachers’ Slice of Life Story Challenge.

The sound of the door knocker echoed through the house.  Now such a foreign sound, it almost felt jarring.  But only for a moment.  I poked my head into the sunroom, speaking quietly so as not to wake my sleeping toddler.  “Girls,” I said with exaggerated singsong lilt, “they’re here!”  Excited giggles and rushing feet approached and passed by me with shocking velocity as two girls slip-slid in their socks toward the front door.  In a moment the door stood open.  Behind it stood two dear friends: my oldest daughter’s classmate and her mother.

My two eldest daughters sprang out the door and into the sunlight, so excited to see a friend in person.  Due to the pandemic, we have kept ourselves isolated at home, hardly traveling anywhere beyond walkable distances. This unexpected visit, then, was entirely outside the current norm.  Keeping socially distant, my two girls flitted joyfully about like fireflies, gleefully chattering hellos, talking over one another in their boundless joy to find themselves in the physical company of a friend.

For nearly two hours, outside in the unseasonably chilly May air, the three girls chatted, played, built a fort, while my wife and I reveled in actual grown-up conversation with an outside adult.  How odd that this once-normal experience could now feel so abnormal and wonderful.  Who knew human interaction was so very precious?

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, twowritingteachers.org.

7 thoughts on “Tuesday Slice of Life Story Challenge”

  1. Exactly!!! I just wrote something very similar to your last paragraph. It is both exciting and nerve-wracking to experience things that were once normal. I dropped off an activity at a student’s house and we were both excited and nervous to see each other. We both had excited voices and the desire to give each other a hug but kept our distance. I will say that the small moment of time that I spent with my student left me smiling for hours!

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  2. Yes, company is so exciting. We had a visit while relatives sat in their car in our driveway and we stood six feet back. Not ideal, but I laughed more than I had in a long time and felt energized and grateful!

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  3. I felt as though I was there in your yard with you. On Sunday my children and grandchildren came by for a “socially distanced” picnic in our backyard. We zoom, but there is no substitute for actual face-to-face meeting. We loved it, and I can see you and your family did too.

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  4. As we’re learning more and more about what can be done safely, it’s nice to have that human interaction with friends. We had our first “bring all your own stuff” get together with some friends just the other day, and even though we were far apart, it was nice to have that distance be measured in feet instead of miles. Human interaction is, indeed, a precious thing.

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  5. Like you and your family, today we sat for an hour in our neighbor’s driveway while social distancing, to celebrate the arrival of their newly adopted baby son. My daughter brought over some sunflower seedlings she started as a gift for their 4-year old natural son, to make him feel important, too. It was joyful to just sit there in the company of others in the chilly afternoon sun. This virus is teaching us a thing or two!

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