2021 OLW

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2020 was meander. Meander had me exploring with wide open eyes and a mind ready to take it all in—that is, until March 11 when school closed and then slowly, the world shut down. There were times when it was hard to meander. The days became rote at times, I meandered through drawers and cabinets which came out organized. Last spring, I felt like I was bumbling through remote teaching but looking back, it was meandering that helped me discover platforms, tools, structures and tricks to bring virtual teaching and learning to life. Fall came and I found I had meandered my way through summer. Poolside afternoons and cul-de-sac happy hours al fresco had stamped our summer with The Covid. Back in school, in a hybrid model, meandering was challenging. Block schedules do not lend themselves to the meandering that fosters surprise and discovery. I was happy to forgo meandering for the sake of looking directly into a child’s eyes even if it was through plexiglass. In 2020, meandering sat front and center when it could, and when it had to, it took a backseat. It knew its’ place in a pandemic year.

Now here we are, 2021 has come to greet us.

I’ve played around with many words. I’ve tested the compatibility of many with this new year. The word that has passed the compatibility test – plant.

I love plants. I do. I have fair amount in my home. I also have a fair amount of plants outside my home. I like to draw and sketch them. I like to remember the story that is behind each one. I like to remember the people that are in those stories.

I also love to plant. My husband, Billy, and I take pride in planting garden each spring. The work of planting (and tending) leads to harvesting. Inevitably, that harvest is shared. Reaping a bountiful harvest only makes me want to share.

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This year, plant, will be my OLW. I hope it will guide me in seeing what I love, continuing to do what I love and ultimately sharing what I love.

6 thoughts on “2021 OLW”

  1. I haven’t chosen a word yet. I love this word and the potential it has. I’ve taken a greater joy in plants and planting in the last year. I’ve added many green plants to our house and they make me happy. It will be fun to watch you plant this year… btw- your word makes me think of the picture book, Plant a Kiss. I think you have it on your shelf.

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  2. Plant! What a perfect word for you. This line – The work of planting (and tending) leads to harvesting. Inevitably, that harvest is shared. Reaping a bountiful harvest only makes me want to share.-makes me think about the way you are in the world, always planting hope and beauty and sharing the harvest of that work with all of us. Keep planting, nurturing, harvesting, and sharing. We are all thriving thanks to your planting!

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  3. I adore PLANT as your OLW. Last year, out of a desire to find things to do with my kids, we planted a lot more flowers, vegetables, and fruit than ever before. It led us to great joy — as you well know since you do it yourself.

    May you have a wonderful time planting, tending, and harvesting in the year ahead.

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  4. I absolutely loved your reflections on your word last year. Hooray for a word that knows its place, and yet you really did meander within the pandemic restrictions. Your new word is fabulous, too. I have often thought of my teaching as the work of a gardener. Hooray for planting in 2021! Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

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  5. I love your OLW and this slice. So many individual lines stand out as favorites… “It knew its’ place in a pandemic year.” Or “The word that has passed the compatibility test – plant.” are among my favorites. ❤️

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