The nine-year-old girl stands tall and announces to the room, I am ready for my story to be told.
We're reading The House on Mango Street, and talking about places we've lived. What do you remember? What do you want to forget?
The memories unwind. I miss this . . . I remember that . . . We write a line, and another. Some minds wander, others fix. Pages rustle with quick turning. Pens fly. Others stutter, stop.
A boy folds his arms. I don't want to write about my life, he mutters.
How much to push? How much to rest? We are measuring our lives. We stop and start. Even just a line is enough, is enough for now.
Something in me yields, and I am thankful for this time together. For willingness, for reticence, for memory that feels both collective and individual. For children reaching, for children trying. For all of our stories, told and untold.
It's Thankful Thursday, a weekly pause to appreciate people, places, things and more. Joy contracts and expands in proportion to our gratitude. What makes your world expand?