The First Slice

I’ve wanted to do this for a long time, but I’ve never made myself really commit to it before.  This year, I took official steps….and while I’m still feeling tremendous anxiety and am nervous I won’t be able to do this for the entire month, I’m going to try.

This morning I woke up to a phone call informing me that my district was going to have a delayed opening.  On a normal morning I have a difficult time getting myself out of bed, but for whatever reason, when I actually could sleep later, I am wide awake.  Just as I was maybe possibly feeling like my eyelids were getting heavy, the phone rang again- now school was closed.  I got up expecting to see much more snow than what was actually on the ground-  I definitely think we could have had school, but I’m not the parent of a teen driver or someone who navigates a gigantic bus through narrow borough streets, so I’m glad I don’t have to make that call.

There is something very satisfying about an unexpected day off.  When you’re a planner and this day wasn’t in the plans you suddenly  find yourself lingering over that cup of coffee, reading just one more chapter, and enjoying the gift of time.  It gave me permission to do things that I normally don’t make enough time for- reading, watching more than the first 10 minutes of Good Morning America, and actually cooking a hot breakfast.  I know the self-care buzzword is being thrown around a lot, but it just felt really nice to slow down today and destress from an otherwise hectic week.  Not the most exciting day, but one that was much appreciated anyway….just hope I remember this feeling when I’m making up for today in June.

I’m not quite sure what exactly to write about each day, or how interesting my slices will be…but here goes nothing.

13 thoughts on “The First Slice

  1. An unexpected day off… woo-hoo!

    I’m glad you decided to join us for the SOLSC this year. It is anxiety-provoking to put yourself out there — in writing — for the first time. I’ve been at this for 12 years and I will tell you IT DOES GET EASIER. Until then, you’ll find this community will support you.

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  2. Congrats on starting your writing journey! I, too, feel that appreciation for the gift of unexpected time. Love that phrase!

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  3. Greenelit, you are not alone! As a first-time slicer, I was hoping to find a story that shares my anxiety and celebrates my new adventure as well. I found it in yours! I can’t wait to read your stories for the next 30 days!

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  4. Congratulations on taking the challenge. This is my third year and I still feel exactly as you do, but I promise you will be so happy your took the challenge. Hope you enjoyed your surprise snow day!

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  5. Great job on your first Slice and WELCOME! I had a delayed opening on Thursday and it was heaven. I agree with how wonderful it felt to just not rush and take the morning at a slower pace. I’m curious, though, as you mentioned making up for it in June. Do you have to make up delays? We only make up full day cancellations in Massachusetts. Fingers crossed you won’t have many!

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  6. Welcome to the challenge! How serendipitous that you had extra time on a day when you’re adding something new to your plate. I miss the unexpected delight of snow days as I no longer live in a place that snows. I hope you enjoy the challenge as much as I did last year when I was a first timer. Don’t worry and just take one day at a time! Great first slice. 🙂

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  7. I can relate to your slice. I had an unexpected snow day last week and, like you, I was thrilled but wondered how I will feel when I am supposed to be starting summer break. By the way, I am a first time slicer, too! I’m nervous but excited!

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  8. The nice thing about this Slice of Life is that whatever you write about is fine. It is your slice and if it is important to you it is worth writing about. Congrats on starting this journey.

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  9. Welcome to the challenge and congrats on getting that first slice written. I think you will be amazed at what you will find to write about it! This month, my family knows that ANYTHING can become a slice so they better watch out!

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  10. Congratulations for taking the first step and writing. Step by step, word by word, you’ll write the other slices.

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