In Case You Missed It.

I know we all know this, but last Friday was the Write-A-Thon for the National Day on Writing. Yay writing! I volunteered from 12-1 and so I was there for the very beginning which was pretty interesting.

Here’s a list of fascinating things that I encountered just within one hour:

#1 – Nobody knows what the National Day on Writing is. Seriously. Not one person knew what we were talking about. Every time I said it was  the National Day on Writing people looked at me like I was nuts and I had made it up.

#2 – People are really afraid of the Diag. Everybody walking by quickly diverted their eyes and avoided me like the plague. All I wanted was to give them a piece of chalk. . . I didn’t think I was that scary.

#3 – Once they realized I wasn’t going to make them sign up for something, pay any money, or give me their first born child, people really got into it. People stuck around for 10 or 15 minutes writing things or drawing pictures and told their friend’s passing by to stop.

Just 20 minutes into the event, the Diag was quickly being filled with chalk and inspiration.
Just 20 minutes into the event, the Diag was quickly being filled with chalk and inspiration.

So I’m not really sure what it is about publicity on the Diag, but I find that people are extremely resistant to figure out what’s going on. If they finally stop to hear what you’re doing though, the impact can be really awesome. I think a lot of people who wrote something were having a great time and at the very least got a little stress-relief in.


So of course, the ONE day that I have to actually sleep in past 7am and relax a bit, I get called in to work at 8am.  What’s even worse is that I was already scheduled to work from 2-6m, but my manager thought “Hey, let’s just call in Alyssa and have her work a lovely 9 hour shift!”  (Well okay, that’s not exactly what she said, but that’s what I imagine her thinking…)  Anyways, this kind of put a damper on my being able to attend the Write-a-thon on the Diag last Friday, which I was very bummed about!  I like creative events like that where people can just drop in and write something (I went to one last year and thought it was so awesome!), and of course, I loved the pins we got in class (pins are my weakness).

Chalk Writing on the Diag
A work of art found on the Diag!

I ended up getting out of work early at about 4:30, but by the time that I made it down to Central Campus there was nothing left but a whole bunch of chalk writing all over the Diag.  It was actually really cool to read.  I walked around all of the families in town for Parent’s Weekend reading what people had wrote.  The picture above is something I took on my phone, it made me smile after an incredibly long day of work.  It’s just a testament to how awesome writing is.  It can make a difference in the lives of others who are reading it — and you never know who you’ll be reaching out to!  🙂