I am

Part of Slice of Life by Two Writing Teachers March Slice a Day Challenge. I’m slicing every day this month. Thanks for stopping by!

Right now I am….

Listening to the conversation around me, warmly familiar, animated, and comforting, as we visit with family who just arrived to spend a couple weeks with us. It’s sure been a minute.

Collecting little joys and inner giggles at the words floating around my ears. Current news, reminiscing, storytelling, and playful ribbing. Connections built on decades of love.

Valuing the in-person squeezes and hugs that have been too lean these last couple years. Full-on, bear hugs that last for days.

Noticing our dog, Kaia, scrambling to keep up with hubby as he goes in and out the sliding door working his magic on the grill. Up and down, up and down, a furry flurry of sliding around on the tile floor. Whining and yelping with consternation when she cannot go outside each and every time that door opens.

Smelling the sweet, spicy teriyaki deliciousness of the pork tenderloin wafting in from the back porch. Dinner’s ready!

Tucking these precious moments away in my memory as stories to pass on continuing the family traditions.


  1. Dear “Teachers Write,”


    I don’t think I can adequately convey how enamored I am with this post! The compelling inclination to reiterate the “I am” is unusually satisfying, and how powerful it is to start with such evocative verbs!

    I love the beautiful illustrations replete in each paragraph. As I read, I felt a warm, tingling sensation coasting down my arms as I imagined the heartfelt sentiments that you experienced with each sentence.

    You have a beautiful gaze of observation! As the narrator of the recollection, I was so curious about your eye for detail; tickled at your depth of insight and appreciation for meaningful moments that you undoubtedly hold on to with such care.

    This is a fascinating and compassionate way to capture both your affection for those your love and your awareness of the sanctity of that which we treasure most. I shall definitely try this out this month.


    ~Dr. Carla Michelle Brown


  2. I imagine you sitting at the kitchen table or island, alone, with a mug of *insert beverage of choice here*, quietly smiling, slow blinking, and observing. You are alone physically and with your thoughts. What a wonderful way to cherish memories. Thank you for sharing.


  3. Hello! I love the organization of your post! I think I might try it out. I really enjoyed all the descriptive words you used. It makes me feel as if I am there. The spicy teriyaki tenderloin sounds delightful!


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