Friday, March 9, 2012

Slice 8 and 9: TGI

TGIF. Thank Goodness It's Friday. I say it every week with gusto. Fridays make the Mondays and hard days tolerable, but today instead of TGIF, it's TGI....

TGI. Thank Goodness I.

Thank Goodness I...

TGI-have Ruth and Stacey and the countless friends across the country and all over twitter who remind me of the power of writing and community and standing up for what's right for children

TGI-have an alarm clock that sounds at 4:00am so I can wake up to coffee and get some writing on the page before school (that is, unless I turn it off...yesterday's reason for no writing)

TGI-have a job learning from 120 sixth graders every day about reading, writing, and life as a middle schooler

TGI-have a principal and friend who is a true instructional leader. She trusts me to think deeper, work smarter, and try harder to give myself the benefit of the doubt...and to do what my gut says is right for children every day.

TGI-have friends and family who pull me out of work mode and say "Let's play. Let's watch a movie. Let's have wine and cookies. Let's go on vacation. Let's take a nap. Let's eat at that great new restaurant. Let's stay up past our bedtime and tell stories. Let's read a book that has nothing to do with school. Let's remember that life is short and our days are gifts."

TGI-have the weekend to work and play... and be thankful to God for the people and opportunities I have in this incredible life of mine.

TGI-have one more cup of coffee...because it's only 5:15am......

To the possibilities of this new day,


  1. Great structure for a slice! TGI...have an espresso machine to fuel my morning commenting sessions as well! It's good to stop and take time to be thankful.

  2. TGI - have both a friend and writing mentor like you to inspire me. Such a great post! Have a wonderful Friday!!

  3. Love this! TGI is only eight days until a glorious Spring Break. I so need some time to decompress. :) And I shared your last slice with my students on World Read Aloud Day and they loved it.

  4. TGI- have inspiring slices like yours to read!

    Have a great weekend :)

  5. This community is something to be thankful for, such inspiration on every page. Thanks for sharing a unique slice of thanks.

  6. So many things to be thankful for - so true! Thankful for you my friend! :)

  7. Loved this's important to look for what we have to be thankful for in the midst of the craziness with life. :) Now, for getting up at 4:00 am to write. That is intriguing. My husband has been trying to get me to wake up at 5:00 to exercise which is not very appealing. But I may be able to get up to write. :) Happy Weekend!!

  8. Ann Marie,
    TGI - have you to remind me of what is most important.

    What a fun slice.