Saturday, July 19, 2014

Celebrate This Week - Being Brave

I’m joining up with Ruth Ayres for her weekly link-up, Celebrate This Week. Check out all of the posts linked up at her blog HERE. Thanks for starting this, Ruth!

I’m squeezing my weekly celebration in under the wire, typing here at 9 pm Saturday night. There are many weeks I forget to write this post, but today my celebrations were just popping up everywhere and I had to take a moment to reflect.

One, I’m celebrating friends that inspire. In June I attended a writing retreat with these folks, among others. Jen (on the right) had a great idea to begin a Google Spreadsheet to keep each other accountable for writing when we got back, and we began this week. It has only been seven days and I wrote 7,000 words this week. Not all were great, some were horrid, but it was 7,000 more than I had last week at this time, so I’m celebrating being brave enough to ignore the inner critic and write anyway.

Two, I was excited to find out that Ruth Ayres and Christy Rush-Levine are beginning a Twitter chat called Teach and Celebrate Writers. #TandCwriters will be on the first Sunday of the month at 8:00 pm EST. I am beyond pumped to join in this chat and am honored that they asked me to co-host the first one this August. Hope to see you there on August 3rd.

Third, and finally, I’m celebrating this guy.

Luke is twelve and has had a unusual baseball season. He was on two teams—one team was a super positive experience, one was a learning experience, both had value. He is wrapping up the season with his second team, the super positive team, this weekend.

Luke was also in my reading class this year when we read this book:

We had great discussions over Snail’s actions and what it means to be brave. Hitting has been a struggle this year for a variety of reasons. I’m beyond proud of Luke for choosing to be in the Homerun Derby tonight. You didn’t have to be in any of the skills contests, but he chose to participate in this one.

He tried knowing many games have gone by this year with nary a hit.
He tried knowing others would be hitting it over the fence.
He still tried.

When he was bummed he got four or five hits out of seven pitches, but none went to the fence, I told him how proud I was that he jumped, just as Snail did.

That he was brave.

I think, no I know, that he thinks I’m sappy—and maybe I am—but I’m so happy he made that decision tonight. Being brave is important. I teach that to all of my students, and sometimes they listen, sometimes they don’t.

I’m grateful Luke did.