Sunday, March 29, 2015

The One With Quien Soy Yo #sol15

Every Tuesday, I participate in the Slice of Life challenge at Two Writing Teachers. Every March, the Slice of Life Challenge is a month-long experience where Slicers post every single day for the entire month. I'm joining in on the monthly challenge this year! For more information on what a Slice of Life post is about, you can go here.

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Years ago, when my grandmother, Mamita, was here for a visit from Guatemala, she and my husband came up with a great game that my family still plays. It's only fitting that this game doesn't require anything special, just paying attention to another person because when I was growing up, Mamita always had a game to play, a joke to tell, or a song to sing. It's also great because everyone can play regardless of what language he or she speaks.

The game is called Quien Soy Yo? which means Who Am I? in Spanish. It's kind of like charades. Each person takes a turn acting like another player - fixing their hair, making a face, scratching their head. It's amazing what little mannerisms you can pick out when you stop and think about it. The person says, "Quien soy yo?" and then acts out something another player does. All the players have to guess who he or she is pretending to be. Of course, it's all in fun but I would say that you have to be cautious - especially with kids - because I can see how someone's feelings might get hurt if you aren't careful. 

I spent the weekend with two of my girlfriends from college. Even though we don't see each other often, we can talk like we're still roommates. It was a reminder of how lucky I am to have amazing people in my life who believe in me. I'm so grateful for all my family and friends who see me, love me, and support me. There are times when I need a little...and sometimes a lot...of encouragement and I know they will always be there for me.

I truly believe everyone wants and needs to be seen in this world. Maybe for different reasons, and maybe in different ways, but it seems like it's appreciated when another person sees us. Whether it's a student, a colleague, a friend, a family member, how might we show people in our lives that we see them? And what impact would that have on the world if we could all feel like we are seen?

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