being washed

A breeze scattered a couple papers on my desk.

I looked up from my room supervisor’s manual and saw that a student must have opened the window during our in-room break during State Testing.

As I realigned my papers, it blew in again.

It wasn’t cold, but it it couldn’t be called warm either.

It had a hint to it.  A secret it carried.  Something it wanted to share, but didn’t know how.

If I closed my eyes and concentrated while letting it wash past me, I could almost touch it.

Warming earth.

Green stems just below the soil’s surface.

Buds waiting in branches.

I stood to roam the room and as I glanced to see that everyone was working on the correct test, and I heard the song of the robin.

A change of season.




About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.


  1. It’s the season of Charlie 🙂 Who will share my Dad’s birthday. So excited for you all!

  2. Beautiful.
    Spring and babies.

  3. Ah, so beautiful! I felt like I was there with you. It is a wonderful new season starting for you. Thank you for letting me sit beside you for a moment and smell that spring air.


  4. Love this! Is it one of those posts that just sort of spills out? It reads that way and it’s perfect.

  5. i can’t believe how soon charlie will be here, it’s so exciting!!

  6. I’m so ready for spring.

  7. Your words are so poetic and lovely Katie. I know you are ready for the “newness” that is just waiting to come into your life. I enjoyed every line of this.


  8. Lovely… Spring has sprung!!