Pandemic Birthday #2 Day 24 #SOL21

Pandemic Birthday #2 is shaping up to be better than I expected and not at all like Pandemic Birthday #1.

5:30 a.m. Hit the snooze button for a few more minutes of sleep. I was greeted with a “Happy Birthday!” but no mention yet that I’m older than him (only for the next 2 months).

5:45 a.m. “Couch Coffee”, as my teammate calls it, sitting in my new favorite chair.

7:35 a.m. Leaving later than I should for in person school. Last year we were in lockdown and there was no birthday at school.

8:00 a.m. Birthday greetings in the hall overheard by one of my students.

8:10 a.m. The secret is out as birthday wishes come trough the announcements. “Why didn’t you tell us?” they cry.

8:15 a.m. The guessing starts. “I don’t mean to be rude, but how old are you?” she sweetly asks.

8:30 a.m. Our morning of math and reading gets underway.

10:40 a.m. It’s indoor recess on a rainy day. “It’s really not a birthday if you don’t say how old you are, what fun is that?” he inquires.

11:15 a.m. A yummy lunch provided by my team. Homemade soup, delicious bread and Hummingbird Cake. Last year’s lunch was over Zoom.

1:00 p.m. Time to model how to write different types of nonfiction pieces. How To, Alphabet and Comic book examples. I love how easily they are awed by my simple drawings.

2:00 p.m. Outdoor recess for our short break. The girls make a six foot semicircle in front of me. “I think she must be 40 something.” she tries again.

“No she’s not. Mrs. F. said she’s in her late fifties. I think you’re 59.” another says.

“No, not 59.” I say.

“Okay, 58 then.” she persists.

“No, not 58.” I reply.

“Then 57!” she insists.

I smile from behind my mask, “Maybe!”

“That’s it, that’s it she’s 57!” she exclaims.

They love this game. The ruse is up. I can’t keep them guessing anymore.

I’ll take my 2nd graders guessing my age on Pandemic Birthday #2 over last year’s isolated celebration.

I am participating in the 14th annual Slice of Life Story Challenge by Two Writing Teachers. This is my third year of daily slicing during the month of March. Thanks for stopping by!


My Real Wish List Then and Now Day 21 #SOL21

A few days ago I was reminded of a slice I wrote during the #SOL18 challenge titled My Real Wish List. I thought it would be interesting to compare my pre pandemic 2018 wish list to my 2021 wish list. My birthday occurs during the March challenge and three years ago my husband was asking me for birthday ideas which prompted me to think about what I really wanted at the time.

My Real Wish List Then And Now

#1 2018 A puppy I don’t have time for to replace the hurt in my heart from losing my girlfriend.

2021 I have an almost 3 year old who acts like a puppy every day and I wouldn’t trade him for anything.

#2 2018 A birthday phone call from my mom and dad.

2021 This one hasn’t changed. There’s so much to tell them.

#3 2018 To relive my stay-at-home mom years with my two boys.

2021 We’ve added two daughters-in-law since then and I would love nothing more than to be able to celebrate with the four of them this week.

#4 2018 The time before I knew what Secure in Place means.

2021 Life to return to what it was like in 2018.

#5 2018 The time before there was a need to pause for 17 minutes during our day to remember those who have been lost.

2021 The time before our president had to honor the 400,000 who were lost on the eve of his inauguration.

#6 2018 The time before we had to take off our shoes to board an airplane.

2021 Being able to board an airplane at all to travel somewhere.

#7 2018 The time before there were so many digital distractions.

2021 Thankful we’ve had the technology to stay connected to family and friends during the last year.

#8 2018 To teach the learners I have rather than the learners Common Core dictates I should have.

2021 I still have this wish.

#9 2018 All my remaining school years to be filled with the same joy of this school year.

2021 Though I have a great group of students this year my wish is that I will never have another year of #pandemic teaching.

#10 2018 Sunshine every day.

2021 I cherish every sunny day we’ve had this past year.

I’m hopeful the rest of 2021 will be filled with sunshine, gatherings with family and friends to celebrate and catch up and a renewed commitment to build relationships.

I am participating in the 14th annual Slice of Life Story Challenge by Two Writing Teachers. This is my third year of daily slicing during the month of March. Thanks for stopping by!