It’s hard for me to come to terms with the fact that the 2020 TWT SOLC is coming to a close. I have needed this experience and relied on this community over the past few weeks in ways I never imagined. I’ve always enjoyed the month of March. I’ve always felt proud of myself for writing every day for 31 days. I’ve always loved the writers I have met along the way, some of us staying connected over many years. But this year was different. This year, the TWT Slice of Life Challenge has helped me survive. It has helped me feel grounded. It has helped me stay somewhat sane. And for that, I say thank you, Two Writing Teachers (TY, TWT).
I remember back to February, when I was already starting to think about some writing projects for March’s challenge. My plan was to do some of the writing work that we were asking kids to do so that I could use my writing as a model for instruction. Who knew then what kind of crazy turn we would take in March. I abandoned those plans pretty quickly, and began writing to try to figure out what my life was going to be like as it was now being hijacked by the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Writing over the past few weeks has helped me to express feelings and try to figure out life in a pandemic. Writing has helped me to work through some tough situations and also share some of the beautiful things that were happening in spite of (or maybe as a result of) this virus. TWT has helped me to connect with others, and to hear their stories and how they were managing through this novel event. And then there were the comments. Hearing how people were responding to each other made me feel so connected, and so cared for. Writing and commenting has helped me find meaning in the midst of this crisis.
Thanks to TWT, people from all over the world spent a month connecting with each other through writing and commenting during a time when many of us were feeling so isolated, so frightened, and so on edge.
TY, TWT! I don’t know what I’m going to do without you when April arrives.