It’s a day for hearts and love- and I have to spread a little Valentine’s love here. It’s been a new and challenging few months in my new life. One of the best parts has been spending more time with people – both in person and on line. I’ve become reacquainted with old friends and made new ones, and the relationships I have are easily the best and most fulfilling part of my life.
For those of you who have read, commented on or shared my blogs- thank you! Sometimes it is hard to feel vulnerable in putting myself out there. The scariest thing is spending your days writing and worrying that no one will care enough to read what you write. I am inching from hundreds into thousands of readers, and I am beyond grateful for each and every one of you!
For my students- you are AMAZING! I am Facebook friends with three students from my very first year of teaching middle school- a lifetime ago- and they are among my biggest cheerleaders. You three are special in my life. My Clarke students are all over all of my social media feeds and I am so happy to remain a part of your lives. I love the wedding pics and baby pics and updates on your classroom escapades. I am honored to have been a part of your lives and to have a small part in your success as teachers and as truly great people.
For my friends- I am so fortunate to have great, longstanding friends. You walk to the beach for sunsets with me, share my Lucy and Ethyl moments and travel the world with me. You are my book friends and my lunch dates. You send funny messages and make me laugh. I know I can count on you and I am a lucky girl.
For my cyber friends- When you work from home, the possibility of being isolated is real. So far I haven’t found that to be the case. The cyber world is huge, but in some ways very small. You can talk to anyone- and I have. My first blog friend read my column and introduced herself. She has been a good source of support and information. I also “met” an internet superstar in Hawaii- Aloha my friend. Thanks for the inspiration.
For my family- I have a really big family. My husband is one of seventeen children and I am one of five. I have an abundance of relatives- and it is all good. I love chatting with my cousins on Facebook and attending birthdays and showers and weddings. I love spending more time with my Dad. My Mom used to say that when you have a big family, you will always have friends. She was right and I am blessed.
For my daughters- you are beautiful and brilliant and have grown into wonderful young women. I am very proud of you and your accomplishments. You have both chosen good valentines for yourself as well. Jackie Kennedy once said “if you bungle raising your children, I don’t think whatever else you do matters very much.” I am grateful that I didn’t mess it up.
And last but not least, for my husband- I wanted to quit my job, sell our house, move and start our lives over. You trusted me 100%. Wherever the ship is sailing, I will sail with you.