Ruth asked us to reflect on this month of slicing.
First off is the commenting. Given the increase in our numbers, I no longer could post on everyone's site like I have liked to do in past years. Today/tonight I have been reading and posting for close to 5 hours, and every time I refresh TWT's site, there are two more blogs to visit. I'm determined to do everyone at least once: I apologize to those whose blogs I couldn't comment on because their spam-getter-thing didn't like my spelling somehow.
Like any teacher worth their salt, I like the give and take of this brilliant little community of slicers that Ruth and Stacey dreamed up. You know--you see all the students on that first day of the year or semester and you are so pleased with each other and so eager to share and to invest in. But the real relationships begin when that first assignment is handed out--and then handed back. The conversation begins. The give and take, the ups and downs and the hard roads to climb all start there. Ours began on March 1st and for some of us the conversation continues.
I've got a new Facebook friend, another Slicer is coming west and we plan to meet up. A Slicer in Canada read my travel blog when I was on a trip to her country and I loved that our relationship continued (and that she liked my assessment of the food in Canada). Tracey's sheer determination to write every day both shames me and inspires me. I love looking in on different people because their lives fascinate me (Bonnie, with her travels is living my alternate life, I'm convinced). And I've come to enjoy reading Wanda from Maine's blog. As grandmothers, we seem to think just alike on so many things.
But most of all I love returning to see some of my old Slicing Friends every March--to catch up on the Quidditch competition or see how life is faring Down Under. I've missed Stacey this year, but look forward to next year when she rejoins that community that she and Ruth began.
Thanks, guys. You're the best. Happy Slicing!
P.S. You can visit me at my regular blog if you like. I sometimes forget to keep posting here.
P.P.S. I visited EVERYONE's blog in the last 24 hours just so I could say that I did. That's over 70 blogs, 70 comments. What a way to end this thing!