Friday, March 21, 2014

Celebrate this week- Support, Humor and Squirrels!




I think all of us have experienced that Sunday night sadness. You know the sadness, it's the feeling that takes over when we realize our weekend is coming to a close and we have to go back to work or school on Monday.  In my 23 years of teaching I have experienced this feeling a few times.  It isn't because I don't like my job, as a matter of fact I LOVE my job!  I can't imagine doing anything other than teaching.  Occasionally their are those years when what occurs outside our classroom makes it difficult to go to work.  Well, this week I want to celebrate my extraordinary team!  They make going to school so enjoyable we often start our hallway chats and banter via text before we even get to school!  

I am actually hesitant to write about the power of the support from this team.  It will be a challenge to assemble the correct words to express how much these three mean to me!  These ladies make me laugh, support me in challenges, push me to stretch myself and they always see the perspective of the kids first.  

We have only worked together for 2 years and I feel as if we have been together for years. Each one has a unique strength, we know each others work patterns and have come to plan and work in a way that supports  while at the same time pushes  just enough.


This week I have realized more than ever the power of a strong team like ours.  I have been out all week and my team has stepped in to support me at home and at school. I've found candy and dinner on my door step,  words of encouragement in my inbox and all a guest teacher could need to lead a group of eager first graders for a week!  

This has been a difficult week for me, I have been helping my husband endure and recover from back surgery. Knowing that these three were looking out for my class, my family and me has meant the world to me!  We all have demanding lives and sometimes life happens, but knowing you have true friends standing behind you makes life easier, happier and gives us reason to celebrate. Support like this  doesn't come without true caring and respect. Thank you Carolyn, Cathy and Marie for support, humor and of course all the squirrels! 


Thank you Ruth  and the Two Writing Teachers for this amazing communities!  I hope no one minds the double dip on the post! 


10 comments:

Karen said...

How fortunate you are to have such good and kind people supporting you! Best of luck with the back rehab. Remember to take care of yourself so there is enough of you to take care of the patient.

Jaana said...

Wishing you extra grace during this time! It is wonderful that you have these great people around you to support you!

LInda Baie said...

I'm glad you have these wonderful friends and that they also are co-workers, Deb. It means so much. Hope the weekend finds some good moments for both you and your husband.

Mary Alice Pouliot said...

How beautiful. Prayers for your husband's full and speedy recovery. I'm glad you have such supportive comrades as well. It inspires me to be a better friend and support for those I work with as well. Work time and those you are with can be a family of sorts as well, and that's what it sounds like you're blessed to have as well. A work family, to love and support each other and make the world a better place one day and one student at a time. :)

Terje said...

You are lucky indeed to have such a circle of caring people. Your words were strong and your appreciation for them was loud and clear on the page. Wishing good recovery to your husband.

Carrie Gelson said...

What a wonderful post. You are SO lucky to have so many people in your teaching community to work with and learn from. Certainly worth celebration! Best wishes for your husband and his recovery.

Holly Mueller said...

I call them the Sunday Night Blues, and yes,I think every teacher can identify with that feeling no matter how much we love what they do. A positive and encouraging team is so special! I recently moved to another district and missing my former team who were also my good friends was is the hardest part of my new job. I love my new position, but it was hard leaving that team! I hope your husband heals quickly! It's hard to be a caretaker, too, so thoughts and prayers for you, also!

Cathy said...

Thanks for the kind words on my blog...

I love that you can celebrate your team.

Cathy said...

It is great to know we have each others' backs. The three of you make everything more fun. I don't mind the hard work because I know it will be enjoyable to figure it out with all of you. I only wish I could insert a picture into this comment. I'm pretty sure I have the picture that shows how much fun the three of you are every day!

Cathy

Carolyn said...

I couldn't have said it better! The feeling is definitely mutual. (Sorry I didn't see this sooner. With all the SOL I'd been reading, I've gotten behind on Twtter and other blog reading.)