Skip to main content

I'm Ready for 50: SOL 15

Write. Share. Give. Join the March Slice of Life Story Challenge @ Two Writing Teachers
I'll be 48 on October 9th. I'm excited to be 50. 
Is that weird? 
In so many ways, I'm where I need to be. 
I'm ready to be in my fifties. I'm prepping for it. Really. 
I've started growing out my gray hair. I have wanted to have gray hair for a long time, but people are oddly averse to that. They tell me to keep dying my hair, that no one should look too old. I want to be that woman who is cool, not done. 
I want gray hair and funky hats. 
I want jeans and white tee shirts. 
I want Ray Ban eye glasses and Frye boots. 
I want stacks of books and long silk scarves.
I want to watch my children grow and need me less.
I want to travel to places where the sea goes on forever.
I want to write every day and I want my writing to be published.
I want to be rooted so deeply in my life that my branches grow new ones.


  1. It's good to embrace the natural stages of life. Liam's 1st grade teacher rocked gray hair. It was a perfect match for her - and we loved everything about her! My mom still says I'm too young to do certain things. Maybe that will change when I turn 50 ;-)

  2. I feel there's power in your slice that I don't often see. We women tend to shrink--tend to want to shrink, which is even worse--and I love the acceptance and boldness and joy that are in these sentences, these declarations of the woman you want to be now and in the future. And I especially love the Frye boots. Because what is life without them?!

  3. Yes, yes, a thousand times yes! Forty was grand, and fifty is even better. One reason is that the caretaking of our children is coming to a close, and we can shift our focus to caring for ourselves a bit better. And when we fill our buckets, watch out world, because we become even better givers!

  4. The last line says it all. You are in a good place to make that happen.

  5. I think you already are cool!!! I love that you embrace this and are looking forward to 50. "I want gray hair and funky hats." ME TOO!!!!

  6. Okay first, I love this. Second, my children share the same birthday as you! And back to the loving this. I love multiple lines in this piece and multiple images. A power filled piece

  7. I want what you want, save for the hats. I don't do hats...

  8. Wow - just wow!
    That last line made me want to applaud. I love this piece. I'm 46...hope to follow in your footsteps.

  9. I love, love, love this slice and read the last line to myself over and over. I just turned 49 and my gray hair is quite evident. (I thought my hair was primarily brown 'til my students told me we needed to add gray to the hair color graph to include me!) Your poem reminds me of a poem I bought and framed called "When I am an Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple." ( ) Check it out if you get a chance!

  10. I have a friend who is younger than me and she has beautiful grey hair. If I thought mine would look like hers, I'd consider it. Maybe when I'm 60. The pattern of your end is so nice how the lines grow. I like the idea of branches growing new ones.

  11. I have already hit the 50 mark. Definitely some advantages! I loved your last line also! That is what life is all about!

  12. I love all of the things that you want! I also love that it goes down almost like a staircase when you look at your post quickly! I love the grey hair look! I say do what you want!!! I have grey coming in on the front, but it's only one streak. I blame my 2 year old...hahaha! ;) I also love that you want funky are cool! :)

  13. Your want list is fantastic!

    I will be 48 in July!


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

5 Ways to Help Gifted Kids Find Their Gifts

When I work with gifted kids, I'm amazed by their lack of understanding about what interests them. They know how to surf the net exhaustively for Youtube videos that make them laugh, but not what skills and practices further their interests.

Developing interests and passions is critical to these students. Many people out there tell me that this is not just for gifted kids, that their average developing child needs to know how to do this too. While of course I agree that this is true, I also think that typical academic, fine arts, and sports programs are available in most communities are enough to engage and motivate most kids. Not true of gifted children who become jaded, disinterested, and shut down quickly when a program doesn't meet their needs.
Most people think of gifted students as being prodigies who know exactly where their gifts lie. This couldn't be further from the truth. In fact, I often question if some children who are identified as gifted will ever find thei…

Writing Short, Day 1

I've taken a new position. I'm now an editor and writer at a company called We Are Teachers. I do some article writing for them, but I also write very short pieces designed for emails or giveaways. I didn't think I'd like this kind of work, but I do! It brings me back to the importance of knowing how to write short. I've talked about this before, but here's the book I'm referencing:
And thank you, Roy Peter Clark, for soothing my guilt about writing specifically for the Tweet. In “How to Write Short: Word Craft for Fast Times,” this amazing writer praises Twitter’s 140-character limit as a tool for “intelligent cutting.”
So, as a way to get better at my new craft, I'm re-reading his book and actually doing the activities at the end of each chapter. The first: Practice writing plain sentences that contain a grace note, one interesting word that stands out. ___________________________________________
As did Proteus, I move forward into change. I figure, I …

DigiLit Sunday: Relationships

In the light of the moon, a little egg lay on a leaf..

On Sunday, I interviewed a woman named Julie Lindsay. She lives in Australia and started a company called Flat Connections. Her message to me was that Web 2.0 tools have changed the face of education. It brought the walls down so that we could all reach each other.

On  Monday, I read a book by Pernille Ripp, a teacher living in Wisconsin. In Reimagining Literacy through Global Connections, Ripp's message to me was to keep it simple when going global, the students just need to know they can connect and share who they are.

On Tuesday, I voxed Julieanne Harmatz. "Let's do this!" I said. "I've got a fourth grade, you've got a fifth. Mine is in Maine, yours is in California. Let's read together and share thoughts." She agreed.

On Wednesday, Julieanne emailed suggestions for three books she had multiple copies of. I book talked them to my students that afternoon.

On Thursday, I worked online with…