Whoa. A blog. Perhaps, like the rest of you, a blog is something I have always fantasized of starting. Not in that passionate, I-have-something-to-say-that-is-going-to-change-the-world kind of way or the bring-on-the-book-deals way, or even in the look-at-all-the-fun-creative-recipes-crafts-school-projects-and-perfect-little-ideas-I-come-up-with-for-you-to-pin-on-Pinterest-in-an-homage-to-my-grand-life-and-aren’t-you-so-jealous-of-me kind of way. Nope, it’s not the fame or the fortune, it’s the lifestyle that I imagine. Like a summer rom-com starring, me, a dog, and my trusty Moleskine notebooks and Papermate Profile pens. Yep, just me, a hot cup of coffee, sunlight blocked out by a local cafe’s sun-brella, and a large golden retriever lapping water from the thoughtful bowl placed by the college age workers inside…cut to reality.
I am currently sitting in a room with three other teachers, wracking our brains and sharing our finds that may set us on a path to start and maintain a blog. We’re searching for photos, swapping resources, and putting out attempts at humor for validation and acceptance. To be honest, this is more like it. We could be sitting on our own in some form of suburban living room feeling like faceless, pointless entities in an overcrowded, loud, bustling new world of blogging. Or shaking our heads that the district would ask us to participate in a professional development that would help us become better writers. “Why don’t they spend that time on something else?” That’s the kind of snapshots of life that I enjoy most. Sure, I would love to have life be filled with sky dives, coral reef snorkeling, and night life in exotic cities. But here we are: of varying backgrounds, experiences, and outlooks, sharing the pictures of places we visited, ideas we’d love to see come to fruition and the stories we hope to tell. That’s my kind of slice of life.