Since Last March #sol22 1/31

Since last March, we have added two kittens, Sweet Potato and Pomegranate, to our family. When they were just one week old and quite sickly, their feral mama moved them into a shelter in our garage. I love to tell them the story of how I met them before their eyes were even open. Before too long I moved them into my bedroom for safety and extra care (and the first of many expensive vet visits) and trapped their very unhappy mama and brought her inside too. Of course we weren’t intending to keep any of them, but you know how it goes. (And big thanks to my mom, who kindly gave their mama, Blueberry, a home.)

Since last March, I’ve traveled to northern Michigan for a weekend reading retreat with my mom and to New Hampshire, a place I lived for many years and consider a second home, for a summer class at UNH’s Summer Literacy Institute. Covid continues to keep me very close to home, and I miss travel. I am so grateful that I made these two trips, and I think about them often.

Since last March, my writing life has changed. I originally wrote that I’ve written very little, but that’s not really true. I haven’t blogged, and I don’t often write in my notebook these days, but I’ve written hundreds of letters to my pen pals, a dozen or more pages a week most weeks. I’ve renewed friendships with old friends I’d lost touch with, connected on paper with friends I mostly knew online, and made new friends through #Penpalooza. Snail mail is one of the great pleasures of my life.

Since last March, my reading life has revived. Reading was hard through most of 2020 and 2021. I couldn’t focus, couldn’t find books I liked, read comparatively little. Last fall, I rediscovered my love of sci-fi and spent several happy weeks absorbed in space. Now I’m back to reading 8-10 books a month rather than zero or one–just the way I like it.

Since last March, I’ve had yet another first teaching year. In 2020, I left my job as a teacher educator and college professor to return to high school teaching–only to find myself teaching virtually for the year. Being back in the building this year is like having another entirely new first year of teaching. My students are wonderful, but being a teacher has been challenging and exhausting. I celebrate that I am still here and more committed than ever to finding some daily joy in my work.

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My theme for Slice of Life 2022 is finding inspiration in the writing of others. Each day I plan to find my slice in someone else’s words or forms. Thanks to svalter for the inspiration to write this morning!

17 responses to “Since Last March #sol22 1/31”

  1. I love your theme this year…what a way to capture the essence of the SOL challenge! Congrats on the new cats and the “new” job. I, too, have missed traveling during the pandemic. Soon, I hope! Happy first day of slicing! 🙂

  2. Grateful, pleasure, happy, joy – these words popped out from your description of the changes in your life. The two kittens show that love has no space limit. Happy slicing!

  3. Since last March yo have been busy. Congratulations on the two new additions to your family. Of course they weren’t going be be found new homes when they have the perfect one with you. Glad you are back for the challenge.

  4. So good to read your words always. I have had the same resurgence of my reading life. Some of it in response to yours! Grateful for your stories of cats and trips and books. See you tomorrow!

  5. So glad you are back in this community for the month of March. It’s a good way to do daily writing, but I’m also seeing the importance of this space for personal reflection and for connection with a unique community of other writers and thinkers. I’m so glad you are back to your usual level of reading. I still am not there, but maybe your success will inspire me!

  6. Yay for showing up today! I was excited to see your post. My post was inspired by your first post last year (using the Since last March format). Your theme itself is inspiring, Elisabeth!

  7. I like the idea of being inspired by someone else’s style! Thank you for sharing all about your last year – I’m glad you got kitties and got to travel and that the new job is successful even if it was tricky to be online. I look forward to seeing who else you are inspired by

  8. It’s fun to have read so many of your posts and hear about your updates. As I read the section about your new kittens I remembered reading your posts last year about the feral cats, and as I read about your writing I remembered reading about your pen pals….this post feels like catching up with an old friend.

  9. I know several people who have begun writing pen pal letters. It takes me back to my childhood pen pals and that makes me smile. I love your theme this month and look forward to reading your slices and your inspiration – twice the slice!

  10. So glad to “see” you here – and not even the tiniest bit surprised that you a) added more cats to your home and b) are pen-palling away. Looking forward to this month with you.

  11. I loved reading your take on “since last March”! I’m so glad this past year has brought you reading and writing and two kittens with the best names I’ve ever heard. Looking forward to reading more of your writing this month!

  12. Awww, I am glad you’ve got some new kittens! Taking them on at one week old must have been quite a challenge. You had their mama too, but it sounds like they all needed a lot of care and attention, but hopefully none of you had to bottle feed. We got a new kitten too, after our eldest cat (whose illnesses featured in some of last year’s posts) passed away in early April last year. She’s a spitfire, and will undoubtedly appear in some of my slices this year. (My cats have more adventurous lives than I do, hence their stories are way more interesting!)

  13. What a fascinating journey it’s been since last March. i, too, have been looking for the daily joy in my work…or more or less making room for it to happen. And it does. I also had trouble reading through COVID because I couldn’t concentrate. I am making up for it now! And the names of those kittens – just priceless. Here’s to each day and the gifts it brings. 🙂

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