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No Thank You

I enjoyed slicing yesterday with a prompt from Old Friend from Far Away by Natalie Goldberg, a great book on the art of writing memoir. My prompt for today is “Begin a ten-minute writing with No Thank You. Every time you get stuck, write No Thank You again and keep going.”

No Thank You. That’s what I say to young children when they’re doing something I’d rather them not do. I’m not sure who I learned it from, but I have found it’s more effective than just saying no, and it’s much more polite. When I taught preschool for six months in 2017, I said No Thank You often, sometimes with a gritted teeth smile, willing them to stop doing whatever they were doing at the moment that was driving me crazy. I occasionally say it to adults when I don’t particularly like what they’re doing. Well, I say that or No ma’am. Imagine me saying it with attitude. It’s not a polite No ma’am when I say it in this context.

No Thank You, Covid-19. You’ve come into our lives, disrupting everything and effectively changing life as we knew it. While we don’t want it to go back to exactly the way it was before, we’re tired of the way it is now. Bring back some normalcy, please.

No Thank You, I don’t want to receive three emails a day from your company. As if bombarding me with emails will make me want to spend money with you. Play a little hard to get, will ya? Throwing yourself at me like this is a sure fire way to turn me off. In fact, if I’m honest, I’ve stopped even opening the emails you send me, deleting them– sight unseen. I wonder how you feel about that, knowing I am no longer even tempted to open your messages, despite the subject line tempting me with a sale.

No Thank You, cold weather mornings. I’d very much like to go back to the mildly cold mornings that we had earlier this month. I’m so over wearing my winter coat, especially since you’re just going to warm up again by mid-day, forcing me to carry said coat around later. Make up your mind already!

No Thank You, alarm that’s going to go off in 7 short hours. I’m not looking forward to being awoken from my deep sleep too early in the morning. I long for lazy mornings when I can wake on my own rather than from your annoying buzzing.

No More

I attempted a few slices today, but ended up abandoning a few drafts. Perhaps I’ll come back to them in the future. Instead, I’ll be using  Old Friend from Far Away by Natalie Goldberg as my inspiration for my slice today. This is a fabulous book on the art of writing memoir. My prompt is “No More- What do you no longer have? Go for ten minutes.”

What do I no longer have? Should I list the tangible or intangible things? How about both!

I no longer have the patience for Covid. While I was more tolerant last year, when I thought it was a temporary inconvenience that would go away soon, I am now over the constant worry, inability to move about the world as I’d like, and the sadness and destruction it has brought to so many.

I no longer have my big house and live-in maid that I had in Indonesia. I’ve swapped those for a smaller place and a cleaner who comes twice a week. While it was certainly an adjustment, I’m used to it now.

I no longer have to teach online. We are fully in-person at my school, and we are blessed to have all of our students on campus every day. It’s certainly much easier this way.

I no longer have to stay at home. In Jeju, we are fortunate to be able to move about the island with limited restrictions. Unlike Jakarta, where I was confined to my home, I am able to shop, eat at restaurants, walk around, and meet up with friends. I’m very lucky.

I no longer have to take GoJeks, walk, or take taxis to get around. I now have a car and drive myself wherever I want to go. It’s such a treat to be able to leave whenever I want, as I have not driven since living abroad.

I no longer have to remember my keys since my door has a keypad to unlock it. I love this feature in Korean homes!

I no longer have new stamps in my passport, due to the inability to travel. I can’t wait until I can make up for lost time and fill my passport back up!