Friday, March 24, 2017

sol17-24 What makes our community better?

I am participating in the
Slice of Life Story Challenge (SOLSC).
All participants are writing about one moment, one part of their day, every day of March 2017. 
A big thank you to Two Writing Teachers for providing this unique opportunity
for teacher-writers to share and reflect.

As I was exiting the metro train this morning, a young man endearingly called out to me, "Ladyglove." There was a brief mental delay on my part before I realized he had noticed that I left my gloves on the seat - and I thanked him profusely, with an embarrassed giggle. Not a morning to walk without gloves. A huge smile filled my face as I walked on, pulling on my gloves, and I repeated, affectionately, "Ladyglove, Ladyglove, Ladyglove." Funny that my first thought was that he was just being pleasant.

Little things are so important.

Somehow, this got me thinking about the small steps my preschoolers have taken, making our community better - 
- she often uses a regular voice now, rather than that high-pitched screech
- similarly, he often uses a regular voice now, rather than that whine
- he no longer needs our assistance in the bathroom
- she is helping with clean up
- he worked on that activity for a good long while, very focused
- she stroked his back when she saw that he was crying
- yes, he's still dumping things out, but he enjoys picking them back up
- he plays with his classmates, not just alongside
- she is eager to share her things with others
- he can come to school in a dress and no one bats an eye
- she invited others to play with her
- he lies quietly on his cot during nap

These are not big things, but they make the day so much smoother - like gloves on a cold day.


  1. That moment when the "whine" disappears and the normal voice my favorite!

    1. Absolutely! Whines are so hard on my ear.

  2. I love your last line. It ties everything together and makes you want to just breathe a sigh of happiness. Nice. ~JudyK

  3. From ladyglove to changing preschoolers, it's funny how the mind can connect the thoughts. And they do totally go together.

  4. Isn't that the truth! It all melds...especially when we are slicing!

  5. I love the analogy, but also notice that a caring teacher "notices". I enjoyed seeing those little things that mean so much.

    1. Thank you! It is important to stop and think about the little things.