One of the Best People in My Life

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Have you thought about those people in your life who are your cheerleaders?  The kind of person who, when you are with them, always is building into your life?  The kind of person who, when you are with them, leaves you with the feeling that you are loved and important and special? The kind of person, when you are with them, makes you believe in yourself and make you want to be the best you possible?

I have someone who is that person.  Let me give you an example, a little vignette, of what I mean.  (It is kind of long…sorry about that!):

This is year 3 for me in the SOL challenge, and for some reason, life seems to be pushing in on me this year.  Time is a tyrant, not giving me extra “slicing” time. My slices don’t seem as powerful as in the past. Being a perfectionist, I want them to be perfect, but I haven’t had the time I need to ponder, revise, refine, and ponder again.  In addition to that, I don’t have the “Welcome Wagon” volunteers who read and comment on newbies’ slices. (Year 1 was so great!) So…a bit more discouraging. And the 2 slices that are my favorites didn’t really get any comments.  (Just as an aside, I bless you, the “Welcome Wagon” volunteers, who built into me as a writer in my first year.  Wow! Did I feel the power of having an audience read my first real, risk-taking attempts at writing! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!  Hmm, that might be another slicing topic to stash away…)  Anyway, even though it has been a bit discouraging this year in the “not receiving very many comments” sense, I still personally am committed to writing everyday.  Go me!

With my hectic schedule this March when the Literacy Coaches in our district travel to Ohio (all 500 miles of it)  for 3 days of ongoing professional development through Literacy Collaborative at The Ohio State University (for which I am super thankful and appreciative), I have the added bonus of getting to see One of the Best People in My Life while here!  This person travels up to Columbus from Yellow Springs to spend one evening with me. She travels up and is waiting at the hotel for me when I finish my sessions at 4:00. We then have such a sweet time together, catching up on all the gossip: “How is so-and-so doing?”  “How is the baby?” “Is she already a year?” “Did I tell you the funny story about…?” “How is your friend who was sick?” And so it goes happily through the evening.

Then I remember…in the middle of a sentence…that slice!  I forgot to finish it. I run to my computer. (“Grrr,” I think, as this is eating into my precious time with One of the Best People in My Life).  I quickly finish it up and post it. Then, One of the Best People in My Life comes over and looks over my shoulder, trying to see what I am up to so frantically.  I decide to take a risk and read it aloud to her.

“That is really good!  I love it! I can’t believe you wrote that! I could never write like that.”

This is exactly why this person is One of the Best People in My Life!  I don’t have to tell you how that made me feel!

I didn’t even feel the need to endlessly check my blog for comments.  I am walking on Cloud 9…I still am!

Next, pizza.  We have a tradition of picking up pizza at Tommy’s Pizza on Lane Avenue and bringing it back to the hotel to eat.  We want to have as much time to chat as possible. (Sadly, we can never remember what size pizza we ordered last time and end up with way too much left over!  I can tell you positively that we should be ordering the SMALL!)  We chatter and laugh as the evening is slipping away.

Then, in the middle of a funny story, “Oh no, I forgot to comment on 3 other Slicers’ pieces!” I grumble to myself.  MORE time away from One of the Best People in My Life.  I zip over to my computer, praying I’ll find 3 short slices on which to comment.  I comment on 2 slicers who use WordPress. (Yah! That always is quick.)  After reading the third slice with which I can really relate, I notice too late is a Blogger site.  Boo! That always takes me about 10 times as long, because it doesn’t let me comment without first signing out from one account and logging into another one.  But, I do it anyway because I really want to encourage my new “friend” on her honest slice. Done.

The evening fades with heavy eyes and quiet, “Good night! Sleep well.”

Today is Day 8.  As the soothing water of my morning shower flows, my mind is busy thinking, thinking, thinking.  You guessed it, What will I slice about today?   And then it comes to me like a bolt of lightning flashing across the blackened sky:  I’ll write about One of the Best People in My Life.  

Did you guess who it is?

Yes, my Mom. Thank you, God, for this wonderful person who is One of the Best People in My Life.  

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I hope you have one of these people in your life, too…

 

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About bjdonaldson

I think of myself as a Renaissance woman with a variety of passions. If you visited me, you might find me hanging out with my husband and children. Our Golden Retriever would be lovingly near. I am a Literacy Coach/Reading Specialist at an elementary school where I provide professional development and coaching to teachers. Formerly, I was a Reading Recovery teacher, an interventionist, and a middle and elementary classroom teacher. Getting up in the morning is not hard; I still love making a difference in the lives of children and teachers.

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  1. Commenting seems to be the life blood of this community. With so many slicers this year, it’s hard to reach out especially when time is limited. Thank you for sharing about your Mom – they are indeed special people and always make us feel good. I lost my best friend and encourager many years ago, but have found that my daughter is now my encourager especially here on TWT.

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    • Your comment brought tears to my eyes when I read you lost your special encourager and friend! But how wonderful you have a new one, your daughter. I have a wonderful daughter like that, too!

      Thank you for the comment on my very LONG post. It was so fun to write. For once the words flew out of my fingers. Thanks again!

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  2. Sounds like you feel about your mother the same as I feel about mine. Your mom sounds so special, and I’m sure you don’t take her for granted. Her support and encouragement come through in your writing. Also, your commitment to this challenge comes through, too It would be easy to blow it off, not write, not comment- but you’re not doing that! Thanks for your commitment and your slice today 🙂

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  3. I felt the nudge to come read your slice about one of the best people in your life. I loved it. I thought it was going to be a mentor or teacher-friend or another coaching buddy. But in all reality, your mom is all those things and more! What a sweet moment to capture. I think it’s also amazing that I arrived here because then I was able to read MY MOM’s comment above! She is my biggest encourager and best friend! So what fun to read her words!

    This community is amazing, but with so many people writing slices it can feel difficult to connect. I started this journey in 2011 and there were only about 60 slicers! Happy the community is growing, but that provides challenges. I’m happy that you are still choosing to write and participate. Some days we write for ourselves and that’s okay too. 🙂

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    • What a treat it must have been to read your mom’s words. She sounds (from her comments) like one amazing woman. You are very fortunate to have her.

      It is hard to believe that this all started with only about 60 people writing! It is such a vibrant community of writers now! I commend you for being participating since 2011! Good for you!

      You are right about writing for oneself. (But the comments are like icing on the cake.) Thanks for taking the time to stop by.

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  4. I loved this slice and related to it so much. Slice of Life has been really challenging for me this year with how busy I’ve gotten. And like you said, very few comments have left me even more unmotivated. But I just switched to WordPress because everyone says it is easier!

    My mom is one of the best people in my life, too. That simple time you spent with her means so much and will be cherished by both of you, I’m sure!

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    • Time seems to be an enemy at times, doesn’t it? I’m glad you are hanging tough and continuing to slice. (Personally, I’m glad you switched to WordPress because it IS easier for me.)

      I’m glad you have a special mom in your life, too! Everyone needs this kind of cheerleader!

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