Blogs by Leslie P Garcia
Blogs I Meant to Write and Didn't
1/16/2010 8:55:40 PM
An absence from AD, sort of, an absence from writing...an absence, in some ways, from life, but not truly--finally, a start to the New Year
Where has the year gone? January's drawing to an end--in a school setting, as the frantic over-assessment season begins, the school year is largely over--and every blog I meant to write in so long remains unwritten.
There are reasons--just not good reasons. We all suffer setbacks--economic, health, relationships--our setbacks are both unique and global. Nevertheless, the human spirit compells, usually, a going on.
I meant to write most recently about Susan Boyle and Taylor Swift, about the denial of dreams due to appearance or other shallow considerations, and the miracle of talent--but I didn't.
I meant to write about the heart-rending death of innocence, as a two-year old girl was brutally killed, and while school officials were criminalized, the drug-using, negligent, abusive mother waltzed free--but I didn't.
I meant to explain why Christmas lights send shivers of hope through me, and why I don't understand anyone who begrudges the celebration of Christmas--any religion, any person should be tolerant of hope--but I didn't write that, either.
For some reason, the feeling I get almost every November that writing is a conceit I shouldn't indulge, that it doesn't matter--that I can't do it--has lingered. Usually, by December, I'd be writing again, happily. January came, though, and still--there was no worry, no urgency about all those unwritten words. But recently, my six year old granddaughter (the oldest of eight) put her first story, complete with invented spelling, up on the wall outside my classroom. Countless years ago, Mrs. Wheeler put my story up on the school bulletin board--I was six, too.
Life comes at us hard, and sometimes, there's too much of it--or not enough of it. I'm not sure yet. But life is what we have at the moment, what we had in the past, and what we will come to terms with again in the future.
My granddaughter's story thrilled me, and shamed me. January's almost over--it's time to start the new year.
More Blogs by Leslie P Garcia
Along the Writer's Road - Saturday, December 21, 2013
This Sweet, Sweet Irony - Sunday, October 13, 2013
A Day--A Beautiful Day--in south Texas - Saturday, May 25, 2013
Happy Mother's Day - Sunday, May 12, 2013
Hi and Happy Mothers' Day! - Saturday, May 11, 2013
Random Acts of Thought - Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Irony of the Right Kind - Monday, April 02, 2012
Old Acquaintances We Shouldn't Forget... - Thursday, December 29, 2011
Calmer Moments - Thursday, November 10, 2011
Just...Tired - Wednesday, November 09, 2011
Not Famous or Rich, but... - Saturday, October 08, 2011
A Few Hundred Thousand More... - Tuesday, September 13, 2011
How It's Done - Sunday, August 28, 2011
New Again - Wednesday, August 10, 2011
As Always...and Never - Saturday, July 23, 2011
Forget You, Perry Mason - Sunday, July 03, 2011
Totally Country - Sunday, April 03, 2011
For Teachers --Mostly - Sunday, March 06, 2011
Borrowing from a Friend--More This and That - Saturday, February 12, 2011
Back From...Beyond - Monday, November 22, 2010
Groundhog Day? - Sunday, February 14, 2010
The New Black? - Tuesday, February 09, 2010
Okay, On Dream, Susan Boyle and Taylor Swift - Sunday, January 31, 2010
Blogs I Meant to Write and Didn't - Saturday, January 16, 2010
Beagleized - Monday, August 03, 2009
Heads, Heels, and Suing the World - Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Ahhh...Sunny Days and Glaring Glitches - Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Truth, Sweet or Bitter - Sunday, February 24, 2008
OOps! - Thursday, August 09, 2007
But DOES he love her...? - Sunday, June 24, 2007
A Betting Woman... - Thursday, June 07, 2007
How Many Days Now? - Wednesday, May 02, 2007
Following Through: The Piñata Debacle - Thursday, December 28, 2006
Should Old Memories Be Forgot? - Monday, December 18, 2006
Sisters and Lions - Tuesday, December 05, 2006
Honesty, Memories, and Assorted Life Stuff - Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Awww, Steve - Monday, September 04, 2006
Voices from the...well, not dead - Saturday, September 02, 2006
The More Things Stay the Same... - Sunday, November 07, 2004
Forests, Educators, and the Terminally Puzzled - Tuesday, October 12, 2004
Low Brows and Bare Feet - Sunday, September 19, 2004
Sour Grapes and Seabiscuit - Sunday, August 15, 2004
Derby Day, 2004 - Saturday, May 01, 2004
Braves New World... - Friday, April 09, 2004
Not Rose... - Saturday, April 03, 2004
Headshakes and Handshakes. . . - Monday, June 30, 2003