My son’s middle school had Open House last week, and one of his teachers told us that, every Monday, he asks the kids to tell him about something beautiful that happened over the weekend.
Note that: something beautiful.
Not, “Tell me about your weekend.”
Rather, “Tell me something beautiful.”
He went on to say, “I don’t want to hear from them, ‘Well, we lost our football game.’ No, that’s a sports report. I want them to come in and say, ‘Well, I threw the ball to my best receiver and that ball, man, that ball soared in this perfect arc, spinning just right, and Denny was about to leap in the air to grab it when some kid from the other team got there first, snagged it and took off, so fast, no one could catch him …’” He smiled at us through a thick, black beard. “Now. That’s beautiful. Right?”
What a gift for these kids. Especially in this hard world of hatred and sorrow. Look for something beautiful over the course of a couple of days and then share it with others to kick off a week with positivity, peace, and light.
I dig that.
So from here on out, I’m going to post on Mondays, and I’m going to start my posts by telling you something beautiful (which, in case you missed it, I just did). I hope that it will inspire you to find and share something beautiful, too.
Other notes from the field
COACHING– One of my adult ed writing courses is in full swing, and I’m gearing up for another one, which will begin next week. I love working directly with other writers. As much as I strive to help them develop stronger skills and confidence, they teach me in return. Each student always brings me a new question I’ve never encountered before, and in my search to find the answer, I grow a little bit more as a writer.
So if you’ve ever taken a course, workshop, worked one-on-one with me, or even posed a question here that made me think — thank you for helping me build my skills!
WEBSITE/BLOG – My writer coaching website is almost complete. I’m so grateful to have hired someone else to do the heavy lifting for me, because half the stuff we’ve accomplished was completely out of my comfort zone. Pretty soon, I will be redirecting this blog to the website. While 4amWriter.com will be history, I hope that my connection with you, my beautiful readers, will continue. (See what I did there?)
I will post every week (unless I don’t) inspirational and helpful blogs about storycraft. I have some ideas about how to offer more value to not only my readers, but also to anyone who is looking for personalized writing help. I’m always open to suggestions for topics, so feel free to add in the comments below. Along with your pizza.
ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS – I am beginning a brand-new enrichment writing program at the local middle school in two weeks. I’m super excited to write with this age group, which I haven’t done in a long time! I have been busy developing new games, prompts, and activities to inspire tweens to write.
My usual elementary school writing programs will begin again shortly—still waiting on confirmation of the schedule.
GARDENING & WILDLIFE – Well, I regret to say I made little progress with my gardening this year. The butterfly garden I started a few years ago needs to be moved because my neighbor’s pine trees are casting too much shade on it. The deer ate my asters–the entire flower and half the stem. They were asters I dug up from my mom’s garden after she had passed away. I normally don’t dislike wildlife, but those deer overstepped their bounds!!
In a Hurculean rescue effort (like, in the middle of a rainstorm and with a broken shovel), I dug up what was left of the chomped-up plant and moved it to the front of the house, where the deer don’t dare frolic because of my guard dog, Ginger.
Anyway, I moved them to their new location in early August and now look at them:
They came back to life!!
One day, I found this guy looking right at me while I was weeding:
We just had a staring contest for awhile and then we returned to our tasks at hand. He stayed put and I continued to weed.
What have you been up to lately? Any snakes in your garden, either literally or figuratively?