Today I needed a bit of a boost to write. I ended up looking at the NYTimes Learning Network, and checking out some of their writing prompts. I have used these with students, most often with my media journalism students since the Times has some great opinion prompts that lead into argumentative writing or editorials.
For my purposes with today’s SOL, I looked at their prompts for creative writing. One dealt with favorite words.
My favorite word used to be surreal. I honestly loved it, the sense of imagination, perhaps an odd beauty, maybe a sci-fi tinge…it just conjured up all sorts of images for me, every time I heard or saw that word.
Then, 2016 made my attitude towards the word sour a bit.
And now, well, it is surreal isn’t it? Living with social distancing, trying to manage teaching online only to discover that the same kids who ask in class, “wait what are we doing?” are now emailing me to ask what to do. And the same kids who interrupt with loud comments, are now posting silly comments online.
It could perhaps be a funny sitcom, if it wasn’t so upsetting, to wonder each day, what will happen next.
So…surreal, it is still a wonderful word, but I just don’t want to live in its universe too much longer.