Everyday, when I check for comment notifications on our blog, I hope that there will be an L1 story. That’s Lorena, my pd partner in crime and writing partner.
Unlike me, Lorena waits for inspiration and lets stories cook in her mind, so they aren’t chatty daily posts. She also writes them on squares of paper, in Spanish sometimes, and imagines her stories as pictures books.
Well, at least in April, over Easter break, we will get to collaborate and turn one story into an illustrated book for kids. I think her little book ideas are hilarious and brilliant, and no, (in response to one of her blog posts) I don’t think the squares of notebook paper are anything short of artistic and writerly.
But maybe it is good L1 isn’t posting because some of her recent posts were survival writing. That kind of therapeutic getting into words the slam effect of overwork in a madhouse situation in which all of your planning and purposes are thwarted. This does happen in education, not in Kansas, Dorothy.
But maybe L1 is writing in her own journals doing that kind of story telling out of her life that is just too private for a blog. That kind of writing Hemmingway says to do, “long and hard about what hurts.” I don’t post too much of that on our blog, either.
But maybe L1 has great ideas to blog and hilarious stories that are ready to be written, however she is writing pd at night, after her trip to the gym. She gives 100% to her work and I could post rants and rave about the lack of appreciation her team leaders show her.
Maybe L1 is busy writing her children’s picture books in Spanish and contacting publishers.
But maybe L1 figures that since I am writing, she can lie on the couch and immerse herself in good books. Did I give her another you-have-to-read-this book when we met to write two weeks ago? That would explain why she isn’t posting on our blog.
But maybe L1 is out of town, in a spa and doesn’t have to think about professional development for writing and EL students in her district. Maybe her hotel has a great gym and a pool besides the spa, and she is just being lazy for a change. What some people call rest and relaxation. a sort of recreation I don’t see L1 practice much.
Sigh. I will have to be patient. The wait will be worth it when L1 does write what she’s been wanting to.