23 Mar Slice of Life: Snapshots
I was setting up a gallery walk (or carousel strategy) of poems for a professional development session. As I was looking through poems and choosing some to display to inspire conversations about craft and imagery in this genre, this poem jumped out at me:
This young woman
with long hair
blowing in the wind
was my mother
before I was born
I was immediately transported to a photo of my mother – one of my favorites.
When I look at this photo I imagine her inner thoughts, her hopes, and her fears. I imagine being her friend rather than her daughter. I wonder what we would talk about and laugh about together. So often we see a person in just one way or in one role. It is easy to forget one person has many layers.
Who are our colleagues at home?
Who is this student on the sports field?
Who is this child in her home?
Who were you before I met you?
Who are you when I am not with you?
Going through my mother’s photos helped me remember the woman she was, not just the mother I defined her to be. As educators, colleagues, and parents we need to think about the many roles we all fulfill. We need to think about the hopes, dreams, fears and inner thoughts of those around us. If we take the time to stop and really look at someone – a photo or a snapshot in time – we cannot help but notice and wonder about the person we are looking at. We cannot help but realize there are many layers to a person.
This poem reminds me of Slice of Life – a snapshot – of our lives. Slice of Life is slowing down, considering, reflecting and honoring the moments and the people in our lives. It is amazing what you can see, truly see, when you take the time to look.
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