Monday, March 6, 2017

sol17-6 What is blossoming?

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.

I don't know why I find them so adorable. For the third day, I've taken a picture of the little yellow miniature narcissus flowers that are blooming alongside my driveway. I don't remember planting these. I know they were not there last year. My husband, Tony, who retired last June, has spent a lot of time working in the yard. We think all his hard work included moving something in a new, unplanned, and oh so right way that we received the blessing of new blooms. They make me smile. They catch my eye every time I return home from work. They remind me how happy my husband is to be retired. Their very surprise delights me. It is a little bit of magic in our yard, a tiny gift.

What are the parallels in my classroom? Were there any miniature narcissus today? 

Oh, yes, Cindy. She decided to write a book about the alphabet - she persisted until she had written every letter! Then she helped Mary write her name. Their collaboration was adorable. When did they fall in love with letters? When did they start noticing? When did they decide they could write?

Then there was Michael. He followed every routine. He didn't cry. He listened to our book. He sat for lunch. He ate his sandwich! He settled on his cot without needing one of us teachers alongside, rubbing his back. What happened? Why today? What was so right, finally?

It is March. Things are blossoming.


  1. I stumbled upon your Blog today.
    It touched my heart - thank you for reflecting my thoughts and feelings about my own preschool classroom so eloquently

  2. The flowers make me happy, too. I love yellow. Those flowers are a metaphor of possibility, not just in your classroom but for our world.

    Glad your husband is enjoying retirement. Mine is retiring in the fall.

  3. Beautiful picture!! I hope we get some signs of spring around here soon! Everytime it gets warm... it is followed be a week of cold and snow again!

  4. I just bought some daffodils on special at the store today. We don't have blooms yet, but the green sprouts are here. What a special post and connection to your husband and those blooming children. Lovely thoughts.