Celebration is one of those slippery things -- we can let go of it and not even realize that it's missing. We can talk ourselves out of its importance. However, celebration makes the difference between energy and apathy, excitement and disappointment
This week's celebration isn't from this week, or even last week. It's not a small moment, which I feel #celebrationlu is all about, noticing the big moments in the small things. No, this week's celebration has been building all school year and I just didn't realize how big this moment was until I was standing ankle deep in the creek with a young writer.
This year my class and I joined the Slice of Life 30 Day Writing Challenge. The kids were very eager to accept the challenge, some kids wrote all 30 days, some kids didn't. Some wrote on their blogs, some wrote in their writers notebooks, and some wrote in their folders. We left the challenge open, open to choice and open to join or not join and all writers were celebrated. In the moments of the challenge I could see the pride and growth in my writers, but the impact on some writers was greater than others.
It isn't the number of days this writer wrote that has me celebrating today, it's the dedication and write she discovered she found in her writing.
This young writer found small moments to write and carried her notebook with her everywhere, she was living the life of a writer. This summer I was invited to come see her favorite writing place, special rock in the creek on her property. She even asked her dad and mom to help make a path for me to get to this writing rock!