Happy Valentine's Day. When I was single this day was always so horrible because it was the one day when I'd feel absolutely awful for not having someone special in my life. Now that I'm married, it's just not that bad of a day. In fact, I'd go so far as saying it's kind of a good day. To both of my single friends: Sucks to be you.
I'm hoping I've turned the corner on this illness. Day two of antibiotics and I feel about 4% better. I'm hoping that I wake up tomorrow and feel incredible but I'm sure it'll be a little slower heal than that. I think my wife is starting to feel better too. I'm going to let her sleep in until noon tomorrow so that will help her I'm sure. Then at 1:00 she spends 90 minutes in a sensory deprivation tank. I'm pretty excited for her and also jealous. Neither one of us have ever done that before but it sounds awesome.
This is some seriously heavy writing here. It's an essay written by Grice detailing he and his pregnant wife finding out that at 30 weeks, their baby was no longer alive. The doctors had to induce labor and his wife had to deliver the child. It is a heartbreaking, but also fascinating piece of writing. Grice delves into everything that is suggested to parents in that situation to ease their pain. Things like naming the child, holding the baby after it's born. Taking home a lock of hair, taking photographs. Things that seem almost morbid, yet make perfect sense when you really think about it. These types of stories are too common but they aren't told from the man's point of view very often.
Essay: 10 of 10
Grice is a wonderful writer. He changes scenes and times effortlessly and it's always a good choice. His opening scene is at a cemetery and that really sets the tone for the whole essay. His pain is palpable but honorable. That seems a weird description but I swear it fits.
Teachability: 10 of 10
I taught this essay earlier this year in my AP Language class and the kids really seemed to get into it. One of my students, who has a baby, couldn't get through the first couple pages but that's understandable. The focus is on the narration and the raw honesty with which he writes. Highly recommend.
My goal: I will read a short story, essay, or piece of longform journalism each day this year and write about it. I'll review the piece and then evaluate it for classroom teaching purposes. Then once a month, maybe/perhaps, I will post my own essay on something in the educational field.
I consider myself to be a very average, run-of-the-mill teacher who can share some of my experiences and opinions.