Day 9 Did you write about that?
Today one of my fourth grade students told me about a horrible experience he had when he was a kindergartner. It involved a guest teacher collapsing, and the kindergarteners not knowing what to do. I looked at him and said, “I can see this experience is still with you. Did you write about that?”
He replied, “No, I didn’t. But I should!” He then proceeded to tell me about the wacky spring break trip last year which included him being stuck in an elevator alone. He looked at me and stated emphatically, “We got home about 10:00. I sat right down and wrote about that terrible trip!”
I’ve realized that most of my writing comes from a place of hurt. And yet, I can’t help getting it out on paper. It’s almost like allowing the paper to hold the grief, the anger, the frustration, the negative for me. So I can then work on letting it go. Sometimes I need to go back & reread, so I feel it again, and can move through it more.
This year I am determined to write about positive events too. Now I have extra motivation for paying attention and looking for those positive events- Slicing!