Thursday, March 26, 2020

Distance Learning Grading to BLUEBIRD! {26 of 31 Slice of Life}

I was on the phone with a friend I work with and we were discussing an email we got earlier about grading what we are now calling distance learning.  When, I blurted out mid-sentence, I have a bluebird in my backyard!  Then I talked at a rapid pace explaining I've had this special bluebird feeder for a few years and I've never seen a bluebird go in and out.  It's a traditional rectangular hanging house with plexiglass longer sides so you can see through it.  There's a dish inside that houses bluebird energy food right now because I couldn't find mealworms at the store.  There are two holes at either of the short ends allowing just right sized birds to go through; that being a bluebird.  I don't have a bluebird box here at the house and help over see a bluebird trail at school.  I'm in love with them and now I'm thinking I need a bluebird house at home now.

As I reflected on this moment today, I think it was a sign.  It was a sign that the world is turned upside down personally and professionally.  Things are not going to make sense for quite some time AND I need to find ways to shift my thinking.  We are on pause.  Stop and notice.  Celebrate what you stop and notice.  The pace can be slower.  Decisions of others are out of my control and I can only show up each day and try.  That's all any of us can do.  

Thank you Two Writing Teachers for fostering this writing community and offering this challenge.


  1. Stop and notice - did you take a picture?? I loved connecting with you today - silver linings in having to slow down.

  2. Yes, this world is turned upside-down! I love bluebirds too. There are holly bushes outside my home office window and in the winter, bluebirds come to gobble up the red berries. I love watching them.

  3. Show up each day and try -- good advice. Thinking of you my friend.

  4. Lovely Mandy. I'm glad you are using this "pause" to write.