So why do I feel like I'm missing out this year? This is the fourth year of NerdCamp. I've known about it since its inception, and I always thought, "Hey, that'd be fun, but I'm having a good time, too!" This year is different. As I write this, I think it's because my relationships on Twitter have evolved and become deeper. For the first time since I joined Twitter in 2009, I am part of a tribe. My #bookexpedition crew and I have become friends. I've even met a couple at various conferences (I wrote about it here.) And, as I write this, it's the realization that a shared experience around books is what I really love, emphasis on shared. To work toward bettering the reading lives of our students, and to share that experience with other like-minded folk, is it. The tossing back and forth of ideas, the expressing of mutual favorite books, and the learning and growing together is what truly energizes me.
|Me (l) with my sis at Wrigley|
I actually feel a bit bad writing this, because I am having the TIME OF MY LIFE - as always - with my twin sister!! We caught a Cubs game (they actually won), have spent countless hours in the pool with family and friends, and are going to see Hamilton on Thursday! The quiet times we've had talking about major life changes (her) and the hilarity of raising The Teenager™ (me) are life-sustaining. No one gets me the way she does. We have unique shared experiences that are precious to me. That, coupled with the fear that this may be our last summer where we get a big chunk of time together (those major life changes lead us to amazing, yet different, places) makes me feel a little guilty about my case of FOMO. But I guess it's okay to have an amazing celebration with my super fab sissy and feel a little sad that I can't be somewhere. NerdCamp will be around - it's grown unbelievably successful, so I can't imagine it would end any time soon - and this time my sister and I have together is so fleeting.
In the end, after working my way through the jumble of feelings, I am grateful. Grateful to have this time with my sister (who has come, and stayed, despite some craziness going on with her family.) And also grateful that I have a tribe who I connect with so much that I miss them a little when they're together. So I'll follow them on Twitter, celebrating with them as they learn from rockstars like Stacey Riedmiller and Pernille Ripp and meet wonderful authors like R.J.Palacio and Elly Swartz. Then I'll put down my phone and celebrate my life with the one whose been with me through it all. That's what I'd call a win-win.
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Thank you to the wonderful crew at Two Writing Teachers for allowing me to share my Slice of Life. To read other slices, click here.