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It is hard to believe that another March Slice of Life Challenge is almost upon us. This will be my third one, and I seem to be get more excited about writing each year. This year I am attempting to also participate with my students in the Classroom Challenge. Since I have over 100 students and since it is also my first time with the classroom challenge, it will be on a volunteer basis. I am also letting them form writing groups to disperse the commitment a little. We will see how it goes. Now with my slice....
A couple of weeks ago, I read the book, The Hero Two Doors Down. The book is written by Jackie Robinson's daughter, and it is about the relationship between Jackie and a little boy who lived "two doors down."
It opens with the death of his father and a box. In the box, Steven finds a letter written by his father prior to his death and a collection of "things." The relationship between Steven and his father became strained through the years, and Steven was surprised by what he found.
"When I saw you put aside your boyhood treasures, I collected them in this box, knowing that someday you'd find the joy in their reflected memories."
As I read this, I thought about our slices that we write every week. Our blogs are like little boxes where we collect our treasures. I recently went back and read my March slices, and those memories came flooding back.
I know many of you write about your young children and grandchildren, and I envy you. I have treasures from my children's childhood, but no written stories to accompany their memories.
I wish I would have been writing when my own children were little so that I would have a box of treasured slices to give them someday. I can't change the past, but I can place these new treasures in my box and hope that someday my children find joy in my reflected memories.