This week, I'm celebrating the gifts of words:
- I celebrated my mother yesterday in a poem for all mothers. It's for all of you, too, if you didn't get a chance to read it. You can find it here.
- Today I celebrate my daughter and daughter-in-law, wonderful mothers who, like many of you, juggle such full lives, raising children, managing the household, their professional lives, and offering me such support, especially in these past challenging years. A proverb for them: "Mother is a verb, not a noun."
- I started a writing workshop for a small group this week. We'll only meet for a few weeks, and they were so excited. They all have chosen personal goals:
- short stories, persuasive speeches, serious poems with lots of feeling, funny poems, sonnets. We began with a free write of a random word chosen by one of the group from a dictionary. The word was "settled", and they amazed me by the depth and the breadth of their varied responses to that word. Next assignment: After choosing a topic, quick create a basic list of words that come to mind. Then, in a second list, find other words that hold similar meanings but are fresher, not usually used (at least by the students), etc. We'll work with comparisons next, both for the non-fiction, fiction and poetry.
- I had my annual check-up today, haven't seen my doctor in a year. She was kind and professional as well, made me feel good both inside and outside.
- Wednesday was Teacher Appreciation Day, and parents made posters with wonderful words of appreciation, sent to the teachers' lounge with food! There are great quotes about teachers and education, but a favorite is "If you think education is expensive, try ignorance."
- My final meeting with the primary teachers was Thursday lunch. It was a good conversation, finishing our work with Georgia Heard's Finding The Heart of Non-Fiction, and a bit bitter- sweet, for one of the long-time faculty members is leaving. She is a wonderful teacher and we will miss her, her collegiality and her knowledge, the friendship too.
- And I cannot ignore books, filled with words that do what they're supposed to do: inform, persuade, and entertain. Every day, at least one book does those things for me, to me, with me!
- Nor can I ignore the words of our weather people: "Snow starting Sunday afternoon, into rush hour on Monday. High of 40 for Mother's Day. Wow! Guess I celebrate moisture!
Have a terrific weekend and Mother's Day to you and your families!