It all depends on how you slice it. Pie, cake, quiche, and life. Cut it one way you have the remarkably crunchy crust. Slice it another way you get the creamy filling overflowing with delicious bits.
I’m really digging the idea that the stories we tell ourselves depend upon how we slice up that pie that is our big beautiful life. I’ve got a lot to appreciate, and it’s time I stopped overlooking those joys.
Slice of Life #1 – Glorious weather
The weather this past week has been glorious — warmer than usual. I’m not sure I’m ready for the heat of spring and summer, but for now I am enjoying the brilliant light and warmth of the sun.
Sun through the window
Warms my feet
As I sit and move
Upon the big red ball seat
Watercolor covered gesso
Colors running free
Slice of Life #2 – The woods were spectacular.
We set off on the hike with less layers, and no snow spikes. Amazingly enough, just a few feet into the woods, we encountered ankle deep snow covering the path for as far as the eye could see. Back to the car we went. Spikes strapped to our boots we set out again.
Walking in the snow was a struggle — slipping, sinking in, pole and spikes sometimes sticking. We chuckled about the struggle, reminded one another of our growing fitness and ever present grit, and continued towards a favorite spot to sit, chat, pray, and paint. Thankfully we’ve dialed in our hiking gear fairly well, so we’re able to spend a long time sitting before the cold starts to sink in.
Talk about small joys. The list is long:
A thermarest sitting pad
Layers, lots of layers
Woolen Wright socks – warm and thin, my perfect combo
Easily carried and eaten snacks, which happen to be yummy and healthy
A fantabulous travel brush
My tiny watercolor journal
My even tinier art-toolkit palette
Snow (Have I mentioned lately that I love snow?)
Slice of Life #3 – A Sprawling mess
This sprawling mess of tools is taking up a rather large area of the room. I must watch my step to miss the jigsaw blade, the gigantic screwdriver, and the twist of the extension cords.
It’s a mess for sure, but a beautiful, joyfilled, awesome mess. Why? Let me count the ways. It means I have the opportunity to make, fix, do. I have power. I have tools. I have a space. I have a brother who helps me wield these tools in wonderful ways. And, I now have a working sliding door for my bathroom. YAY!!!
Slice of Life #4 – Creativity
Creative artistic endeavors
Feed me and fill me with joy
Acrylic paint, papers, glue
Ugh and Ah
In the span of a few moments
The change precipitated by a simple
Flip of the page
Manipulate the pieces
Ripping, moving, changing
As my eyes and brain consider
Matching spots and pieces
My fingers glue
And coax the collage
To take shape
I wouldn’t be me if my discoveries didn’t make me think about my teaching practice.
Wouldn’t it be great if we sliced things just right for our students and their parents?
When we talk to them, let’s point out and enjoy the delicious juicy bits. Let’s celebrate all the great ingredients we have at our disposal. Let’s collaborate to change the recipe to showcase the awesomeness of each particular pie. Let’s adjust the temperature on the oven so the last bits of egg custard are cooked beautifully.
Pie, cake, quiche, life, and learning. It’s all how you slice it.