This morning I received a sweet message from a follower on my Facebook page. This lovely lady reached out to make sure I was doing ok. She mentioned how often I used to post and how infrequently I now post, and wanted to make sure all was good. So, here I am, feeling a tad guilty about my lack of posting and hoping to restart, even if with less frequency.
So what happened? Well, like most things in life ‘it’s complicated’ is a good place to start. My last year or two in the classroom were trying. To say I was stressed would be an understatement. My energy was really spent in the classroom and when I got home, I found I had little left for reflection. Honestly, I was in a space of trying to not think about school when I wasn’t there, so writing about it wasn’t ideal. Ultimately, the strain of the situation, along with my longing to broaden my work with adults, led me to take a position as a Literacy Coach. Now, with a new job comes a steep learning curve and again time slips away.
For me, my writing really stemmed from a place of wanting to share the joy and sheer awesomeness I witnessed on a daily basis. Now, let me be clear, I still see amazing stuff on a daily basis, I need to get better about documenting it all. For some reason, when my work focused primarily with children, I felt a) more people would be interested and b) I could change names/genders and keep kids relatively anonymous. Where my work now focuses primarily with adults, I worry about being able to do both successfully.
So what’s a guy to do? I’m not sure. I still do have many wonderful, sweet, often hilarious, interactions with kids and I’m thinking that might be where to try and restart things. So, here’s my pledge. I’m going to try and write more – at least once or twice a week. As you know, there are stories everywhere and I’m excited to start sharing some with you again.