It's time for the 14th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge!
I believe this is my 7th year of participating in the Slice of Life Story Challenge. It was fun to see the memories of past Slice of Life Story Challenges with students come up in my Facebook memories. It's such an amazing community.
Today I flipped my Shutterfly wall calendar page up to March 2021. Every year I make a calendar with each month full of photo memories of the year before. It's a great way to reflect, celebrate, and look forward to future memory moments. What a surreal moment it was to see pictures from this time last year. My 2020 FB comment when I shared the 2019 March calendar page was, "Turned the Shutterfly calendar page to March 1st - I love seeing last year’s memories. Excited to see what this year’s March brings!" Hmmm...little did I know!
The first weekend of March 2020 we went on a girls' trip to Pittsburgh with my best friends. We have a favorite Airbnb house on the top of a hill, overlooking the city where we like to spend the weekend hanging out. It's a central place for us from Cincinnati to meet our college friend from State College, PA. That weekend was a precipace - there was lots of talk of Covid-19, but there was not a consensus of how serious it was. One of our friends had a daughter in New York City, and she was ready to pick her up and bring her home. The rest of us were a little nonchalant. Was it really all that serious? Well, yes. It was. She was right.
We had no idea it was going to be that devastating a year ago; we were laughing, eating cheetos and pizza, and drinking wine. We didn't know our lives were about to change drastically. We didn't know schools, restaurants, stores, and businesses would close. We didn't know we wouldn't be seeing our families and friends in person indefinitely. We didn't know we would all be wearing masks for at least another year. We didn't know Zoom was about to dominate our lives. We didn't know that we wouldn't be able to find toilet paper. We didn't know 500,000+ people would die of this virus. We didn't know.
At least there is some hope. Vaccines are rolling out. Schools are mostly in person, and education is transforming. Businesses are coming back and many are thriving. Working from home is a thing, and it can be successful. Innovative ideas are being implemented. Families are beginning to be reunited. Deaths are declining. Human beings are resilient.
So it's March of 2021. When we flip that calendar page in 2022, what will this month's memories bring?