At the end of last year, there were many discussions about 2020 moving on? No wonder. COVID-19 had an interesting way of bringing sadness, isolation, and stress into 2020 lives so wishing the year away would be a logical choice on New Year's Eve. While I agree, I would like to focus not on days filled with struggle and sadness but upon those with some sweet surprises.
- Early in January 2020, my granddaughter Aurora was born - such a joyful event.
- In February, my husband and I purchased a new home in Virginia, only 1/2 hour away from my granddaughters.
- In June, I designed and delivered an intensive, remote learning, 4-day Summer Graduate Institute for teachers. The small group of educators were creative thinkers and eager participants. While the work of remote learning is demanding, it is also rewarding when learners reap the benefits.
- In December, we closed on our new build and became proud new owners.
The poem, The Passing of the Year by Robert W. Service, brings closure to sadness and hope for a new year. The line, "Old weary year! it's time to go", offers the opportunity to create a Golden Shovel poem. (Each word in the strike line becomes the last word of each line of my new poem.)
Pass into the night, ye old
365 days. Are you weary
from your long walk this year?
Are you wondering if it's
to rest, to
surrender, and let go?
It is always best to look back and remember good times when struggles outnumber the positives. How do you see the passing of the year? Did you choose your #oneword2021 that will guide you on a new journey? I am ready to begin anew! Join me on January 14, 2021 at Twitter for #K12ArtChat where I will guest host a chat on #oneword thanks to Matt and Laura Grundler.
Enjoy the beginning of a new year.
Put on a smile of gratitude behind your mask each day.
Slice of Life 2021