Tuesday, March 16, 2021

SOL 16/31: Party Time at Leigh Anne's Place!

It's an invitation I've expected and anticipated. It's party time at Leigh Ann Eck's place. I'm not a big time party goer, but I've come to look forward to these yearly gatherings at A Day in the Life. I hope you'll join us sometime this month.

Here's our mentor text for this year's party:

“Depending On When You Met Me” by Devon Gundry, Soul Pancake

Depending on when you met me, I might have been: a checker’s champion, the kid who squirted Super Glue in his eye, a competitive Ping-Pong player, Tweedle Dum, a high school valedictorian, a fake blond, 1/12 of an all-male a capella group, a graduate of the Vanderbilt School of Engineering, a nomad, a street musician, or a pigeon assassin.

Depending On When You Met Me by Ramona 

Depending on when you met me, I might have been: a 4-H blue ribbon holder, the mom who super glued her thumb and forefinger together, a high school graduate standing beside Carl Albert (the 46th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives), a traveler in Paris, a college graduate setting aside her chosen career for an 18 month stint in Hong Kong,  a blogger sitting in a rental car on the shores of a lake in Indiana mustering the courage to join the All Write blogger dinner, a teenager with a dream job as an employee of the Youth Conservation Corps, a poetry lover born in Mrs. Truttman's 2nd grade classroom, a prospective employee of MISD who asked the secretary if they handed out oxygen with the list of possible questions one might be asked in the interview, a book club creator (in 1987) determined not to become one of those moms who say "I haven't read a book since I had children," a teenager who attended her first two concerts in one summer (Elvis Presley and The Carpenters), a twenty something who met her intended on a blind date, a grade schooler who walked several miles to the public library more than once a week with her BFF to compete in the summer reading program, a traveler in Italy with three good friends, the young mom whose family ate pizza and had a babysitter once a week for the four years she was in graduate school, a little sis whose love of reading was nurtured by her big sis, a blogger who loves to write in the wee hours of the morning and then go back to sleep, a grandmother of four who will become the grandmother of six in July, a blogger giddy with excitement when Georgia Heard joined our table for dinner, a teacher who brought the books on her nightstand to an interview and dared to ask the interviewers what they were currently reading, the proud owner of a Plymouth Volare named Spunky (my first car at age 23), a slice of lifer born when I joined SOL ten years ago (at the urging of my sixth grade students).


  1. I missed the invite, so glad I spied it here- LOVE your take on it- so much to learn about you! This sure would give us lots to talk about at an actual party!

  2. What a fabulous ID. How awesome that you met your intended one on a blind date and soon you will have six grandkids.

  3. I have learned so much more about you: Hong Kong, Elvis and the Carpenters, bold interview, and more grand kids! I am so glad I picked this ID idea! This is going to be so much fun! You were my first guest!!!

    1. Oh no, Carol Wilcox (Carol's Corner) was there before me and kicked things off on Monday.

    2. Thanks for the correction! She posted the same day, and I missed it.

  4. I can't wait to join Leigh Anne's party. I love that you brought your books on your nightstand to an interview.

  5. What a fun post to read! And congratulations on the grandchild on the way! How exciting.