“You’re so good at connecting,” was said to me. Smiling at this compliment, I thought about this attribute. I don’t feel like I purposefully set out to connect and include. But I do naturally think if I like something, then I should tell others. They might like it too, so I share.
Happily, I discovered the March Writing Challenge 6 years ago and quietly participated and then ended with a celebratory “orange party”, orange streamers and clementines, with my students.
Each year since, I suggested to colleagues to join me in the challenge. Then at the end of each March, another orange party. Last month, a writing friend suggested not waiting until the end to celebrate. This is a hard challenge and March is a long month. An earlier gathering might be motivating to keep all writing. SO I took her suggestion and scheduled two parties at my house this year – March 11th and April 11th!
Over the weekend I had fun shopping with color in mind – flowers, jellybeans, cheese puffs, a variety of cheeses and all the ingredients to make a pitcher of Aperol Spritz!
Then the writerly crowd stopped by after school. Two I taught with in DC and they trekked over the river to join in celebrating 10 days of posting. The other five I teach with at the Middle School down the street.
We are all so different. Yet, one thing we have in common is that we all like to write! We enjoyed orange food, shared funny stories and connected! Of course, I gathered those nearby to meet up at my house as a way to motivate us to keep writing.
I am proud to call myself a Slicer. It connects me with a great group of friends!
And the clean-up after an Orange Party is very easy!
Looking forward to 20 more days of writing and another PARTY on April 11th!
If you are a slicer and in the DC area, please come! We are a great group of writers!