“What’s your story?” These were the words I heard as I was on the checkout line at Walgreens during my lunch break. In my mind I was rushing in to grab a few bags of candy for an after school professional development, going over checklists in my head while I was watching the clock.
The line was long and slow, before I heard the older woman at the check out say this, I had been pre-occupied in my thoughts, finding myself annoyed with the wait. When those words traveled through the air, they stopped me right in my thoughts. She followed that question with, “Well you know, everybody got a story Miss.” The line may have been moving slow, but this woman, this woman who worked at Walgreens was so much more insightful than I, she knew everyone had a story and she, she wanted to listen. Time could keep on going, she wanted to hear everyone’s story and I imagine this was the rhythm of her day, connecting narratives and people as the minutes and hours passed on her shift.
I have told this story to others, especially when I have coached or taught instruction in writing and I saved this story in my list of things to blog about, it is only now when (the night before the SOL challenge begins) I realize just how insightful and what an impact this woman, this woman who was checking out the customers at Walgreens had been.
So through the 31 days of March, I will write a blog post for each day and as I do, I will hold this woman close in my heart and my mind. Her words and this challenge will push me to write each and everyday. I will charge myself to listen for stories each day, and make time to really listen during those ordinary moments.