The Slice of Life Challenge was created by the people over at the blog Two Writing Teachers. The challenge is to write about some part of your day and share it each Tuesday.
Last Monday I went to the library preparing for my final summer checkout. At first I was alone and worried that students wouldn't show up. There were plenty of things to do while I waited like catching up on my email and weeding the non-fiction section. I got busy, but was happy to see students slowly join me. Some used apps on the iPads, some read, and some were on the hunt for great books to check out.
Seeing students in the library enjoying themselves was wonderful, but soon one of the students gave me a special gift. His mother came into the library to pick him up and they were about to go home. He stopped his mother and asked, "Did you know Mrs. Brunelle is an author?" His eyes were enormous and he had a big smile on his face. Then he asked me to tell her how many books I have written. I wrote a simple one last year that featured Pete the Cat in summer vacation pictures. Using Shutterfly it was made into a hardcover book that circulates in our library, but he was also referring to the three novels I wrote for NaNoWriMo.
He remembered from the past school year when I told the students about my crazy month-long writing adventure. I've finished NaNoWriMo three times so I have three complete novels to my name. Just this summer at NerdcampMI, I publicly stated that it has taken a while, but I am beginning to feel like a writer. I'm supported online by mentors and a fantastic writing community.
That young man made my day and my week. He sees me as an author and a writer when I have barely started to claim that role. It was surprising and encouraging. Now I am even more determined to help my students to also see themselves as writers.