My Slice of Life is Getting Thinner

Today’s Slice of Life at

Today was our second day of mask-to-mask school.

I was surprised anyone came back, really. I thought maybe they would be conveniently absent or beg to switch to online school, where the faces and voices are clearer.

Because they came, I had a better day. Maybe their being present helped me speak more slowly, loudly, articulately,  and with more purpose. And to work harder to hear them and listen to them fully.

Today was also the first Tuesday in six months that I forgot to do my Slice of Life post. I woke up Wednesday morning, still late Tuesday night in the U.S., and made this post my first priority. I won’t give up my pandemic priorities of living and being more than a school teacher.

So I got up to write this tiny sliver of my life on Tuesday, 8 September 2020.

6 thoughts on “My Slice of Life is Getting Thinner

  1. It’s good to see you, Denise. I felt a tad lonely today w/ so many regular slicers I engage with gone. Your post reminds me how starved for human connection sans screens the world is. To be in a room of people learning together is worth muffled voices.

    1. Oh, your comment makes my day! I really meant that about not losing the new priorities I have enjoyed these past six months. Your sweet visit and comment makes me even more committed. I will see you in just ten days for our wonderful and healing poetry-writing togetherness! Thank you, Glenda!

  2. “I was surprised anyone came back, really.” – this sentence hurts and at the same time carries hope. I congratulate you for writing today. You may consider your slice short but it is more than I wrote, what is not at all.

    1. Thank you, Terje. It has been a roller coaster these last few weeks. The cases have been going up lately, and we just got word today that we won’t be going back face-to-face next week. Back to virtual. Change seems to be the consistency in my life nowadays.

  3. It may be a thin Slice, but it’s a relevant one. It conveys your hesitancy with this “new normal”, yet reflects the energy we gain from our students. I will be thinking of this as our students return next week!

    1. Thank you, Chris. All the best to you next week! I hope it goes well and everyone stays healthy. We received news yesterday that after just one week, our live classes are suspended until further notice.

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