Today is the fourth day of the 15th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge! It’s also our first Multi-Lit Friday of the year. This is an opportunity for participants who write in other languages to share their slice of life stories in another language.
Like many of you, I’ve been worried about what’s happening in 🇺🇦Ukraine🇺🇦 in the past week. As the calendar turns to the fourth of March, there was news of a fire that broke out after shelling at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in the Ukrainian city of Enerhodar. Thankfully, it was contained. But as a child of the 80s who remembers Chernobyl, I still worry.
Thousands of Ukrainians have fled the country. Millions have been displaced in an effort to stay safe. The choices people have had to make is unsettling. As I write these hastily crafted words from my home — snuggled safely in bed — I realize the only thing that’s different between me and those who are refugees is luck.
My 11-year-old daughter and I finished Survivors of the Holocaust: True Stories of Six Extraordinary Children, which is a nonfiction graphic novel. As we read, I noticed similarities between the way countries were invaded by the Nazis a little over 80 years ago and what is happening in Ukraine today. The parallels I identified were profoundly disturbing.
Co-hosting this writing challenge is one of my greatest joys. While I strive to be upbeat, I would be remiss not to say anything about what’s happening in Ukraine. I didn’t expect to write anything about Ukraine today, so I’m not sure how to end it. The only thing that comes to mind is this: “Nation shall not lift sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.”
Britt Decker, of Multifaceted Musings, provided a behind-the-scenes look at a day when she wrote “One Hour a Day Challenge.” If you’re trying to find micro-stories hidden in your day, then you’ll want to check out Britt’s post for inspiration.
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