14 Mar Slice of Life: We Could Read it Together
A notification pops up on my computer. I glance to see what the notification is about. It is Evernote – Tammy is adding a voice note to our What Are You Reading folder.
I love that we have so many shared folders through Evernote and Dropbox. When I am working alone a notification shows me what Tammy is doing. I can listen in to her thinking or see what she is working on whenever I want. It allows us to collaborate without being together and without interrupting each other if we are working on different projects. I choose to leave the notifications on most days, but if I need to really focus I can turn them off. Typically it is a good break and often something I hear or read helps me with whatever is on my “to-do” list. It is a good brain break!
She is leaving a voice note about Pax. That is on my TBR stack. I wonder what she thought of it.
We both read the same books. When we are done, we leave voice notes to each other. We share our response, our ideas and our connections to each book. If we have an idea for a classroom or coaching connection we include that too. Tammy then takes our shared perspectives and writes our It’s Monday! posts. I don’t usually listen to her voice notes until after I read the book.
I will listen to part of it. If I think it will ruin the book for me I will stop. I hit play and sit back to listen to her thoughts. Her first sentence is “Ryan is going to love this book! I kept thinking of him as I read it.” I hit pause and decide it is best to wait.
Later that day I tell Ryan, my 14-year-old son, about Pax and Tammy’s recommendation.
I haven’t read it yet, but I was wondering if you want to read it too. You can have it first if you want.
We could read it together, he suggests.
I am so thankful I listened to Tammy’s voice note – I know that reading with my 14-year-old is going to become close to impossible in the high school years ahead. I treasure this opportunity, close my laptop, and begin reading.
Pax is an incredible book – if you want to read our thoughts on it check out our It’s Monday post about it.
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