I am participating in the Two Writing Teachers Annual March Slice of Life Story Challenge.
This year I decided to complete my slice of life challenge through the use of quickwrites. By doing this, I hope to explore my own writing, identify problems my students may be experiencing with these quick bursts of writing, and show them authentic revisions in the writing process.
Today's quick write is live.
Many times I write with my students, but it is in my notebook. Today, I opened up my draft on my blog for today and wrote with them. The only thing I changed were spelling errors.
We wrote for six minutes to a prompt from Linda Rief's book, The Quickwrite Handbook. The pompt was a poem titled "Fifteen" by Annika B.
Here we go:
This year I turned 55. I have never been one to not talk about my age. For me, my age was just a number. Yes, the older I get, the more I feel like 55. But I remember when I was much younger, I thought 50 sounded so old. Now, it is just a number.
Often times I think about my age in years, not necessarily in numbers. I think about how I have probably lived more years than I have left to live. This saddens me on some days. But I think about how I have lived my life. I am proud of what I have become. Oh yes, we all have made mistakes, and we have things that we would probably do differently if we had the chance.
A line from the movie Tuck Everlasting has been aging mantra. It goes something like this:
"Don't be afraid of dying. Be afraid of the unlived life. You don't have to live forever, you just have to live. And she did."