Saturday, March 1, 2014

SOLC 2014 Day One: Deep breath, here we go!

This is my second Slice of Life Challenge, and I'm not exactly sure why I'm doing this again.  The feeling I have right now is similar to when I was pregnant for the second time--excited to be having another child, but fully aware that at some point the labor pains are going to start, and experience has told me that it will hurt!  I went back and read my final post on March 31, 2013; I wrote not once, but twice, that writing is hard work.  Something about the challenge must suit me, though, because here I am again at my keyboard, rushing to get words on the page before my obligations start pushing me out the door.

For inspiration, I took a peek at the SOLC Pinterest board of challenge images, and came across this blog by Jaana, who is a weekly Slicer (wow!).  I love her sermon-inspired thoughts on "finding what you are made for", because my current life situation is much different than it was at this time last year.

Last March 1st, I was in my third year back in the classroom after a seventeen year gap between teaching gigs.  On the one hand, I was just finding my groove again, new confidence in my abilities and really seeing progress in my special education classroom.  In my other hand, I held a ten-month-old degree in Library Science that I was itching to use.  Six interviews at six different schools in three different districts had come and gone, with lots of positive feedback and near-hirings--but no circulation desk to call my own.

This March 1st, I am deep into my twenty-first year in education, and the eighth month as the librarian of an elementary school of 900+ students in my district.  I can honestly say that I have "found what I am made for", at least for the time being.  I have been so well-received by my new colleagues, and have found clarity in purpose in this position (even if that clarity is not echoed by the state of my work desk!).  I have a feeling that my tasks as a newbie book-pusher/ information literacy educator/ staff support person will give me plenty of fodder for this coming month's posts.  Hoping some of those posts will resonate with my readers!

Let the challenge begin!  


  1. Welcome back and congratulations on finally securing the job you've wanted. Elementary school librarians are a special group.

    1. Thanks, Mary! I am sooo loving my new job!