On this day last year…

3 Mar

On this day last year…
we were wrapping up our Mesopotamia Unit

we are deep into our thematic unit about Ancient River Civilizations

On this day last year
parents were worried about going to Outdoor School the following week

parents are worried about returning to school buildings next month

On this day last year
Lucy was snuggled on the sofa while I got ready for work

Richard is snuggled on the sofa while I get ready for work

On this day last year
I was planning my route for the Rose City Yarn Crawl

I visit the virtual crawl

On this day last year
I had no idea what was coming

I wonder what this day will look like next year.

10 Responses to “On this day last year…”

  1. Brian Rozinsky March 3, 2021 at 6:34 am #

    Cool structure, how you knitted together the past and present. (See what I did there? 😉)

    • Adrienne March 3, 2021 at 6:35 am #

      I see it! Well played!

  2. arjeha March 3, 2021 at 6:35 am #

    Last year I don’t think any of us could have foreseen what the year would hold. I like your format highlighting what was with what now is. Hopefully next year will look more like last year.

  3. Leigh Anne Eck March 3, 2021 at 7:56 am #

    So much has changed and happened over this past year. I also like this form and have tucked it in my notebook as a possible slice!

  4. Ramona March 3, 2021 at 8:12 am #

    Putting this one on my Slices I Love padlet. As a former sixth grade SS teacher, my heart loved the mention of Mesopotamia and Ancient River Civilizations. You grow to love all the units and places and people of the past.

  5. Fran McCrackin March 3, 2021 at 9:31 am #

    I love the range of your reflection- all close to home, but ranging from teaching units, parent concerns, to which dog is still beside you on the sofa. The last two verses are simple but spot-on.

  6. jumpofffindwings March 3, 2021 at 10:39 am #

    I’m giving this structure a try…and I think my students would enjoy it, too. Have your attempted one? Because you are someone I’ve followed through the Challenges and Tuesday, and you’re a fellow Oregonian, so much of what you say here resonates. (I remember your post about Outdoor School very well. It’s sort of cool that writers can time travel through words.)

  7. soundofwaterblog March 3, 2021 at 12:17 pm #

    I’ve used a similar structure in “I was then … I am now … ” poems with students, but they’re all about growth. I am struck by how yours highlights the odd balance we are in and how different it is!

  8. terierrol March 3, 2021 at 1:04 pm #

    I like your justaposition of past and present. Who knew last year where we would be this year??

  9. Lisa Corbett March 3, 2021 at 5:11 pm #

    I wonder what next year will be like too! I like the way have compared one year to another. Every year brings something new.

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