Make Way

I woke to the sound of rain this morning. It was still raining as I headed out on some errands. I was just thinking “Fine day for ducks” when I saw a line of ducks crossing the road in front of me. I braked and paused for them to go by.

It made me think of my third grade teacher reading Make Way for Ducklings. I loved the book and my teacher, too. The story and the faraway city of Boston were enchanting. My teacher was one of the special ones. She lived on a farm- her husband was an Indiana hog farmer. All the kids in the class were invited (in groups of 5-6 girls or boys) to come spend the night at the farm. Just riding in her big (and in my mind, fancy) car was an adventure. Slopping the hogs was a unique experience for us suburbanites- though some of us were only a generation away from farm life. The litter of kittens in the barn was the favorite for my group of girls.

When you are writing every day, it is “make way” for noticing little things and “make way” for remembering, too.

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8 Responses to Make Way

  1. Terje says:

    Intersting how your slice developed from a thought to real ducks to memory and back to now and writing.

  2. elsie says:

    You are so right! Make way for noticing the moments of life that slip by.

  3. Your slice reminds me of a favorite book and makes me smile at your remembrance of such a special teacher. But I MOST relate to your words about how writing every day opens our eyes to little things, memories, and so much of the world that I take for granted when I don;t write daily. Thank you for this!

  4. Ramona says:

    Oh, I love your words, “Make way for noticing little things,” and “make way for remembering too.” Your mention of those ducklings reminded me of a favorite Christmas ornament from Boston that has those ducklings one it. It’s a pleasure to hang it on the tree every year and brings back memories of our trip to Boston.

  5. Tim Gels says:

    What an experience–wow! That’s the sort of thing that makes memories that never fade.

  6. wahooteacher says:

    This is such great advice for any slicer, whether it’s the first year of slicing or the fourth year (like me)!

  7. arjeha says:

    What a neat experience your teacher gave you. I like how your train of thought moved form one thing to another to produce an enjoyable slice with good advice to one and all.

  8. macrush53 says:

    Such great words to think on here. Make way indeed.

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