Since Last March: Slice of Life #sol19 5/31

Today’s format is one I discovered last year from Fran McVeigh.

Since last March I’ve been to Utah.

Utah, where my son thinks all the supercars live,

Utah, where we hike the most unlikely landscapes,

Utah, which I tell myself I shouldn’t love (I love trees, water, gentle vistas, humidity),

Utah, where I feel oddly home and free.

Since last March, I turned 46.

46 and can’t ever recall if I’m 45 or 48. 47?

46 and all the slowdowns and breakdowns of middle age that I was convinced only happened to other people are happening to me

46, a good even number, even if I can’t remember it,

46, until July.

Since last March, I’ve said goodbye.

Goodbye to Xander, kind-hearted cat with the grating meow, slothlike sleeper, warm pillow for kittens, so in love with love,

Goodbye to Roxy, hardest goodbye of all,

Goodbye to Roxy, sensitive soul, cat lover, Velcro dog, constant companion for fourteen years,

Goodbye Roxy.

Since last March, I’ve said hello.

Hello to Oliver, ginger #fosterfail, quick to play, quicker to purr, quickest to turn pencil tail to giant raccoon puff and zoom after invisible prey,

Hello to more travel, more projects, more friendships, more responsibilities,

Hello to more new books than I can count (or read!),

Hello to more calm, more peace, more yes.





26 responses to “Since Last March: Slice of Life #sol19 5/31”

  1. Lisa Keeler Avatar

    This is beautiful. How hard to lose two pets in the last year but yay for Oliver and travel and more calm and more yes.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      It certainly IS hard to lose two pets in one year! We’ve spent a lot of family talk time focusing on how hard it sometimes is to love pets when we know they will grow old and die.

  2. rdicarne Avatar

    Thank you for giving me an idea for tomorrow. I amy even use this with my 7th graders! It is a great way to be reflective. I like how you included the positive and negative things.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I hadn’t thought about using this with students, but what a great idea! And I love that you’re writing your own version!

  3. Julie Avatar

    This is a great format,. I plan to steal it sometime this month, The picture of Roxy and Xander is precious. Hope they’re snuggling together somewhere beyond the Rainbow Bridge!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I can imagine writing one of these every year. It’s such a generative format!

  4. Stacey Shubitz Avatar

    OMG! I totally need to try this one out! It’s a great idea for a slice on a day I feel stuck.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      It’s perfect for one of those days! I’m having a lot of fun with formats this year. It’s also fun to go back and revisit formats I’ve used before to generate entirely new pieces of writing.

  5. arjeha Avatar

    I agree with Stacey. This format is definitely something I want to try when I am stuck for an idea. Losing two faithful friends in one year is tough. Oliver is lucky to now be a part of your family.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I look forward to reading your version! Adding all the other cats was easy, but it took months to integrate Oliver. We had second and third and fourth thoughts many times about keeping him because it seemed like everyone else HATED him. But they finally adjusted, mostly. In fact, right now he’s snuggling cheek to cheek with Toast, who was the longest holdout and tried to kill him daily for over a month!

  6. Jennifer Floyd, Ed.D. Avatar

    I loved reading your post and the photos were perfect. I am so sorry that you lost those two special members of your family, but I am so glad that you found Oliver!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I think he was glad to be found!

  7. mgminer Avatar

    My family roots are in Utah. There is something so freeing in all that big sky. It is a gorgeous landscape. I hope you enjoy it!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      It is so gorgeous! I love going there and have been trying to figure out if I can squeeze a road trip in sometime this summer. There are still A LOT of parks we need to visit!

  8. Susanne Leach Avatar

    Now I wanna try this format! Yet another reason I love Slicing- sharing!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Sharing is the best part of slicing! I love being inspired by others’ slices!

  9. Amanda Potts Avatar

    This is a great format – you’re inspiring me with formats like crazy this week. I’m storing them up for all the days ahead… Also, I love all your cats (especially Chipotle and Oliver) and I totally relate to not remembering your age.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I never have any clue. My son told me the other week that I was 48 and I went around for the whole week believing I was 48. I’m really digging the formats this year. I need to find some more that I want to try!

  10. readingteachsu Avatar

    I like this format too, especially the way you repeated the leads. Sorry about your friend loss. That’s hard.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Thank you! The repetition of leads was challenging for me but ultimately led to a stronger piece, I think.

  11. karpenglish Avatar

    I love the line about “more yes” at the end, and the balance between your sad goodbyes and your hellos.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      More yes is always a good thing!

  12. Tamara Jaimes Avatar

    What an aching hole Xander and Roxy must have left in your family. Last year we both shared heartbreaking posts about old dogs, and this year we both have had to find a way to say goodbye. Some days it’s hard to remember that all of that heartache dims in comparison to the love they shared over their many (but still too few) years.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      It is very hard to say goodbye to faithful old pets. I am glad that all but one of our current crew is under 3 years old! Lots of life ahead!

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