End Again

This is it. Another whole month together. In the weeks before this year’s slicing I envisioned myself really using it as a way to explore themes and writing styles and not be so personal. Or at least if I was personal it would be through some really well crafted allegorical tale propelled by fantastical flights of personification with inanimate objects as main characters. And I certainly wasn’t going to explain why I was writing things or talk about the writing itself.

But then it started and somehow life continued happening as the days progressed and then, well, you know. Suddenly we all had an unavoidable topic to dwell on. 

But it helped, right? Of all months for this to hit. We had windows to other perspectives. We heard about survival tips, both from boredom and, you know, scary death stuff. This will not be an easily forgettable slice month. And we have such a talented collection here. Really. 

So I slip in to my final slice. Away from life for a sec to offer up my window of the day one more time and then back to the whole life thing. Today I decided to extend my woodsy cottage stay. My shabby shelter in place. The kids and I will be here through the rest of the weekend and then we all go back to this new version of school. Last night I stayed up until almost four with my guy watching his TV show. In a minute I am going to attempt to be that dad who learns the Tick Tacks dances with my daughter. We’ll put together an extended menu and plan meals. We will use this time of confusion and fear to bond and find security in the comfort of family togetherness.

Just like this year’s slicing, the virus has made this spring break, and beyond, memorable in ways we couldn’t have guessed. Thanks to all for helping build what has become this monument to a thing we’d have never chosen but are all a part of, together. Memories were created and documented here this year that will last and I very much appreciate it. Now I’m going to slip away one more time for this year, and continue making more memories on my end. Good luck, everyone. Take care of yourselves, and each other. And one more time, thank you.

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4 thoughts on “End Again

  1. “Suddenly we all had an unavoidable topic to dwell on. But it helped, right? Of all months for this to hit. We had windows to other perspectives. We heard about survival tips, both from boredom and, you know, scary death stuff. This will not be an easily forgettable slice month.”

    Summed up perfectly as per uze. I love the gratitude that oozes from this last slice. Gracious for life, the lives of those you love, the twisted way the world has brought us all here and halted life as we knew it. My kids are still little and you’ll never know the insight that I gleam from your sharing of your teenage babes. It’s tragic them growing up, but again, you spin it hopeful for those who don’t know yet. Anyways, it’s been a slice. Stay well and we’ll see you again next year 🙂

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  2. It has been an unusual and difficult month, but I agree that the writing helped.

    I love your line, “We will use this time of confusion and fear to bond and find security in the comfort of family togetherness.” This pandemic is certainly nothing we would have wished for, but since it is here and must be dealt with, we should use it as an opportunity to strengthen our bonds with those we love.

    Wishing you and your family health and happiness.

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  3. Wild right? I found myself trying to force myself to not write about the obvious. But it was clearly on my mind and what I ended up coming back to over and over. It will be really interesting to come back and read some of this later.

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  4. Amazing, isn’t it, how what we envision for ourselves in our heads can be so very different from how things actually play out in this world, isn’t it?

    Thank you for a month of wonderful slices. I do hope you’ll continue to write!

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