If I hadn’t gone outside #SOLSC #SOL21

Have you ever thought about the impact of one small decision? Sometimes it’s a good thing, as I discovered yesterday. I don’t often leave my bubble — the empty classroom in my school that I teach remotely from — but I’m so glad I did. My intent was to fill the bird feeders at the feeder station outside my classroom while my students were in a remote Spanish class, but it turned out to be so much more.

If I hadn’t gone outside, I wouldn’t have heard a pileated woodpecker drumming in the distance.

If I hadn’t gone outside, I wouldn’t have felt the warm morning breeze on my skin.

If I hadn’t gone outside, I wouldn’t have heard laughter ringing out from the preschool playground.

If I hadn’t gone outside, I wouldn’t have felt the thawing, supple ground beneath my feet.

If I hadn’t gone outside, I wouldn’t have heard, through open windows, the sounds of in-person teachers and students teaching and learning together in community.

If I hadn’t gone outside, I wouldn’t have seen earth’s palette beginning to brighten, shifting from the drab winter collection to spring’s joyful hues.

If I hadn’t gone outside, I wouldn’t have felt as ready to take on another day in my lonely bubble.

Thanks for wondering and wandering a bit with me today. And many thanks to the crew at Two Writing Teachers, and the extended SOL community, for giving us the time, space, and encouragement to live the writerly life here every Tuesday throughout the year and daily during the month of March.

7 thoughts on “If I hadn’t gone outside #SOLSC #SOL21

  1. This is a lovely form. I did go outside yesterday to get from one school to the next and waded through a flooded parking lot. Not quite the same as your invigorating experience. I’m hoping today brings bright skies and the calm I crave.

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  2. I love this. The teaser makes it seem like a dramatic thing, but the slice itself is oh-so peaceful and comforting. Also, I could crawl into the cover photo and stay there a long while.

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  3. Beautiful! Thank you for inspiring me to go outside. It’s raining, but even when it’s raining there is beauty in the cold, in the damp. Thank you so much.

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  4. I felt like I was right there getting the benefit of your decision to go outside. So many lovely images—I loved the thawing, supple ground and the pleated woodpecker drumming! What a difference a few moments of nature can make!

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