#SOLSC20: Day 23

Just last night.




Not just cold . . .  freezing.


I tugged on my pants fearing the hem was absorbing . . .

I reached around the corner and flipped the switch.

“Holy Buckets!” (child friendly language)

Water was running.

Water was splashing.

A half inch on the kitchen floor.

Two inches on the bathroom floor.

Freezing cold water.

I grabbed a mop.


I grabbed a towel. Another towel. A third towel.

I had to stop the water.


Easy to do. Reach into the toilet back. Made sure the flapper was down.

Freezing toes

Standing Water

Quickly sopping up the water.

An immediate disaster

Becomes a clean floor.


Shocking surprise – the cold and the wet.


Shocking in the moment

And the surprise element

Easily solved with physical action

Similar to life . . .

Thrown into  social distancing

And new ways of living, working, and communicating.

Calmly. Slowly. Steadily.

Choosing one thing to try new.

Just one.

Practice and use it several days in a row.

Just one.

How can you share your life lessons with your peers?  and or students? 

What is the story of your life that you are currently writing? 

How can you turn a surprising problem into a solution? 

Thank you, Two Writing Teachers, for this daily forum in March. Check out the writers and readers here.

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5 responses

  1. Your slice is a powerful reminder that EVERYTHING can offer us life lessons if we are open to learning. From the smallest incident to the biggest crisis-we can choose what we want to take away, how we want to grow from it. Love your writing, love you!

  2. Staying calm is the key in all situations. Things can turn around…”An immediate disaster

    Becomes a clean floor.”

  3. So interesting the way you turn everyday incidents into a way to look at the bigger picture and how we can draw on any situation and find a possible story in it.

  4. Hard to remain calm while holding disaster at bay. I think the lesson here is that when mistakes are made, we learn by staying on task until we figure it all out. And now you have a clean floor!

  5. Clever commentary on how to deal with whatever life throws at us. Enjoyed this!

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