#SOL17: A Box

Brown cardboard box.

Inside the front door.

Big enough?

Ah, small package in front.

Another book.

Not unusual.

The bigger box?

4 x 18 x 12


My arms are full.

Mya wants in.

The ground is wet from the steady rain.

What do I do?

The Amazon delivery at my door?

The bags in my hand?

Major decision.

I want to rip the box open.

I need to set other bags down.

Is it possible to handle all simultaneously?

Nope.  Only two hands!

Push the door open, set down bags in hands inside the door, pick up Amazon items, carry in, and open, ooh and ah, YES!, open, open, open, plug in, wait,


MUST WAIT . . . .

This morning,


With occasional twinges of anxiety-

All that newness,

Crafting my post

On my new chromebook plus.

Bells and whistles not understood

But adjusting to the new keyboard

A new “touch feeling”

A new sound to my fingers pressing the keys

More of a thud.

Not a click, click, click.

Celebrating double clicks.

A new language on the tool bar.




learn more about chromebook plus here

How do you merge anticipation and reality?

How do you learn new things?  

Just dive in OR read all the materials first?

What are you looking for in your next NEW device?

Thank you, Betsy, Beth, Deb, Kathleen, Lanny, Lisa, Melanie, and Stacey for this weekly forum and the #SOLSC that runs from March 1 to the 31st. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here.

12 responses

  1. Today as I read your writing, I continue to be amazed at how aware you are of your inner voice asking questions. Then as a reader who knows you as an author, I come to expect those questions at the end, too! I will admit that in the moment, I may not have an answer but I like how your questions linger with me through the day. Enjoy your new tool!

    On a different topic, I humbly ask 2 questions of you, my wise, connected friend? I want to write an article about using kidblog with my students. Can you suggest publications to submit it to? I want to present at a conference, maybe with Erika Victor, about how two teachers, 12 hours apart, collaborate in bringing strong literacy to their 3rd graders? (haven’t told Erika yet!) Any suggestions?

    1. Sally,
      Years of self-questioning stand me in good stead! LOL

      I’m loving this device . . . but less than 24 hours so it’s the honeymoon stage!

      Conference – NCTE, ISTE would be my choices. Writing = hook up with Kimberly Moran and her new writing job!

  2. I will be curious to see how the relationship with your new device develops. We had Chromebooks last year in school and I did not love them (back to Macbooks this year), but that may be because I am so used to Apple by now and could have grown to love it. Yours is way fancier than what we had. I loved your dilemmas!
    I love reading Sally’s comment above (and by now she commented on my post that we should present together). I love our connected world!

    1. Erika,
      I’ve already hooked up Sally with a place for you to publish about Kidblog. What fun! I have never figured out the time differences. We should write a “Currently” in google docs at the same time and then post it in both blogs.

      And it’s been almost a year since I purchased or even looked at a device so I’m excited to try something new!!!

  3. Congratulations on your new toy! I’m thrilled it will help you keep writing!

    1. Erin,
      There’s so much about the size to love! We’ll see how good of a replacement it really is! But fun learning new stuff. Not so fun re-entering passwords for every stinking app/site!

  4. Love getting new things…the thrill of anticipation…the joy when it arrives…the eagerness to rip off the wrappings and get right to it. Why bother with directions. It is much more fun to dive right in and see what you discover. Congratulations on your new acquisition, Fran.

    1. So much fun to open up a BIG BOX! I didn’t read the directions. I plugged it in, set the timer for 30 min., and tried to finish up some other work. I wanted enough battery life to PLAY!

  5. Who doesn’t love a new toy? Congratulations! And the sight of an Amazon box propped up against the door can’t be beat. Such excitement. I sure hope drones don’t start dropping them soon. I’m not ready for that!

    1. Oh, I agree about drones. They would be leaving them away from the door is my guess and that would not work for rainy days and or to avoid being left out where the critters can find them.

      Definitely exciting to have a new toy! We’ll see how it goes!

  6. Congratulations on your new techy toy! New things always come with a learning curve, but I am sure you will have it figured out real soon! Enjoy!

    1. Hopefully, it will be a short learning curve, Leigh Anne. However I am sure that I will find some wrinkles along the way! ❤ THANKS!

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