My first day back to school.
I can totally relate to Grace Lin's nervous feelings about the first day of school.
I always have that I've-forgotten-how-to-do-this feeling - even though I've done it 3342 times.
But once I get started, it all comes back to me like I never missed a beat.
And these fifth graders got me off to a great start. Check out these samples:
... the rusty hinges making a larger complaint than usual. [showing the setting of an old attic]
The garden in her heart had found winter. [showing, not telling - the feeling of sadness]
...the calm waters interrupted only by the dolphins. [showing the setting of the beach on a summer day]
So....it's back to breakfast in my car.