Teachers Write! Day One

So if we want our students to write and to love writing we have to walk the walk. Today is day one of learning how to take the first step in a public way. I am participating in a fantastic opportunity being hosted by author Kate Messner. To learn more visit her page: Teachers Write!


Today’s prompt is: You Come, Too:

Summer on Long Island, driving down the road…  I love this one pressing the volume louder: “Um boom ba bay. Um boom ba bay. Ba ba boom ba be be.” The sun is drifting aimlessly through the canopy of green leaves that shade the quiet suburban street. “Pressure!” Manicured lawns are dispatched with with taste and efficiency – pleasing but wholly expected. A world view that is crafted by a legacy of the Greatest Generation and post World War cohorts will do that to you – work hard – work hard – family – live up to expectations you’re standing on their shoulders they worked hard to get you here don’t lose it.   “Pushing down on me. Pushing down on you. No man ask for under pressure!”  I can’t believe he didn’t show for our meeting, Man, interviewing people is draining – can sense their vulnerability, and admire their courage.  Putting it all out there taking that step taking that risk. Really what am I? Lucky some of this is also just lucky. .  “Ohh I like this part,””Why love love love love love…”  Singing a along now “Can’t we give ourselves one more chance? Why can’t give love that one more chance?”   Swiftly taking the turn, onto the winding road leading  h o m e… passing the mailman he’s walking slowly checking his letters a gentile reminder of the world I grew up in, singing again “Cause love’s such an old fashioned word. And love dares you to care for the people on the edge of the night and love dares you to change our way of caring about ourselves this is the last dance. This is our last dance. This is ourselves under pressure.” snap snap snap… Pulling into the driveway turning off the car, stepping out into the warmth and sighs.


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