Monday Musings on a Tuesday #sol22 15/31

What surprised me yesterday?

I got home late last night, later than I usually go to sleep, and as the headlights from my car flashed into the garage, five feral cats went scattering in every direction–my beloved Clothilde, the very pregnant black mama cat from across the street (she waddled more than scattered), her nearly grown kittens Cinnamon and Chloe 2, and a cat so new to us he doesn’t have a name yet. (He has a stumpy tail, so we’ve been calling him Stumpy and you know this is how pets get bad names. You call them Puppy just until you think of something better, and fourteen years later, your dog is still named Puppy. Real life example from my own real life.) By the time I come outside to feed them in the morning, whoever overnights in the heated shelters in our garage is usually gone, so I didn’t know how much the cat shelters are being used. Quite a lot, it turns out.

What touched my heart yesterday?

There was a fight in the parking lot after school. I don’t get in the middle of fights: we have staff who are trained and experienced in handling kids who are fighting, and I would be of no help whatsoever. I was still outside on parking lot duty, however, when one of my students saw me and tried to usher me back to the building. “No, no, no, Miss E, there’s fighting out here, and you don’t need to see that. We gotta keep you safe inside.” There were plenty of adults present, and they didn’t need me, so I stepped back inside (where there were also students to supervise). I was amused–and quite touched.

What inspired me today?

I broke my steadfast rule of saying no to after-school events (home directly and lots of rest is the way I’m making it through this year) to chaperone a small group of students who had been invited to participate in a youth panel and discussion with Dr. Ibram Kendi. The students had thoughtful, urgent questions, and Dr. Kendi’s answers covered such a range and depth of knowledge, showed such wisdom and care. It was worth breaking all the rules–even on a Monday!–for this event.


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. Today’s form comes from Monday Musings at Peace Be the Journey.

9 responses to “Monday Musings on a Tuesday #sol22 15/31”

  1. I love the image of all the cats scattering with one waddling out of the way. That’s a lot of cats! And what a thoughtful student to get you out of harm’s way. And I love your theme for this year’s SOL. I, too, have been inspired by other’s writing. Loved your story! 🙂

  2. This is a great format for a slice. I especially love how it not only made you think of your day yesterday in specific, important ways, but now when others read your slice, they, too, are thinking, ‘What surprised me or inspired me or touched my heart?’ It’s contagious reflection!

  3. This is a great prompt for daily journaling! We have a neighbor who has a shelter for feral cats, and I think of you when I see here out there. 🙂 Your love for cats is amazing.

  4. Wow. I just love the way you brought us your day. I’d hope that every day would surprise me a little, would touch my heart a little would inspire me a little. Although…the surprise of the cats would NOT be my definition of the type of surprise I wish to come my way, I’ve just got to say.

    And it was touching that the folks around you showed such care and concern for you during that fight. You deserve every bit of it.

  5. When I read how your student was protecting you, my heart made a little flutter. Kids can be so great like that!

    So cook that you go to see Dr. Kendi!

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