Bummed SOL

It's Tuesday and I'm linking up with Ruth and Stacey at The Two Writing Teachers for the weekly Slice of Life Challenge! You should too!
I wasn’t going to slice today. I just wasn’t feeling it. I’ve been reading all the wonderful slices about the All Write and I was sad, jealous, bummed. That was my great place. That was my amazing trip and PD a few years ago, and now everyone was there but me. It wasn’t fair. I could have met Elsie and Ruth- Christy and Linda, and so many others... but I didn’t get to-I had to stay here.
But then I started reading the slices. “Listening” to the stories of their trip and learning, and as usual these ladies are so warm and welcoming it felt as if I was there, felt as if I once again was experiencing the conference of a lifetime.
They are so open and share so well their learning that I felt as if it was my learning as well. The pictures, thoughts and stories they shared conjured up the amazing trip Hadley, hubby and I had taken three summers ago to Indiana, and so I smiled, and laughed and continued to read.
I am not an Indiana teacher, but the experience I took from this conference that summer has made me a better teacher, a better writer, and a better learner. And thanks to some special slicers I get to learn from it this year too.

Thank you ladies for bringing me along on your journey, maybe next year I can be there in person and come face to face and heart to heart with you lovely slicers, mentors, and friends. 
You can read all about my great summer at the All Write in 2011 here (my first blog)

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  1. I was feeling pretty bummed, too, but then I thought about today and slicing every Tuesday, and I felt glad that I was part of this community. I hope I can go next year, though, because it all does sound like a wonderful time was had by all. Even so, I would not have given up seeing my sixth graders off to have attended All Write...maybe the timing will be better next year.

  2. I didn't go either. It sounds like it was a great conference. (From what Ruth has told me it always has been.) It's vry special to make in-person connections with those we know through our online writing community!

  3. I am an Indiana teacher, and I've never been to All Write. It always falls during the Advanced Institute for our local NWP site, and I haven't figured out how to be in two places at once. I do hope to make it one year. It sounds like a fabulous conference! At least we can listen in on the stories and take part from a distance.

  4. I was happy to meet up with the good number of slicers at the conference but we were missing everyone else. You were missed Tammy.

  5. I'm sorry that you were a little bit bummed. I had to leave a day early to take my parents to see another assisted living area, and that was a bummer...because they just can't make a decision. I loved that you blogged about your shyness and Debbie Miller. How honest and funny. To next time...xo

  6. Wow, it sounds like a fantastic conference! I love it when I go and come back knowing I'm going to do a better job for my kids. I also love ones when you make real friends. I've been to many where I felt like I was alone all day. I'm sorry you were bummed, but I loved how you through writing brought yourself back to a happy place. Looking forward to meeting you in July!!!

    I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

  7. Tammy, this is why I love the community. Your post just turns around and says thanks, and then shares more! What a gracious thing to do. I remember your post, at least a little bit, and being sad that I couldn't be at such a conference. I'm pretty sure I just didn't say anything! We missed you, and others for sure. Hopefully there will be another time to get together-you're always welcome in Colorado!

  8. Tammy, reading posts of other bloggers who attended All Write in the past is what inspired me to fly off to Indiana to meet a bunch of folks I'd never met. I was amazed to feel so welcomed and to borrow Linda's word, comfortable. Even though I was there, I'm continuing to learn from slicers who share their thinking here. I love your phrase, "face to face and heart to heart".

  9. Greetings fellow Oklahoma blogger! Can't wait to see more of your posts!