I am a book, aren't I?
My table of contents lists my friends, places I have lived, big events I have faced. Milestones. Children.
I establish my voice, my narration, through early experiences. Some chapters are stronger than others. Like the one where my kindergarten teacher puts her arm around me and smiles. Right at my little face.
Some chapters weaker. For example, the chapter where we move when I am 12 and the neighborhood girls kind of hate me. And let me know it regularly. Here the voice would seem a little unsure and even jittery.
But the arc moves forward and the story opens up. Character development. Conflict and resolution.
my sweet little student playing with plastic animals
I try to remember this as I write on the cute little pages of my students, and my own children, everyday. I reassess often and realize that I need to edit and rewrite. But the books are being written and I am just pleased as punch to be a part of it.