My first year teaching, I was placed in an office with the Assistant Principal and one more teacher. I do have to say that I went to high school there so the Assistant Principal and I already knew each other pretty well... she was my English teacher when I was a student, so we hit it off quickly; also, she is one amazing woman and it wasn't difficult to share with her at all. She was very supportive and showed me all the ins and outs of the school, especially when it came to grading, talking to parents, specific dates, etc. Lucky for me, she wasn't the only familiar face left since I had been a student, so from the moment I started teaching I already felt at home.
I know this is not the case for many other teachers, so I am very grateful that I had such a wonderful experience. But.. Let's continue the story, and go back to the reason why I am writing this, which is to talk about my BFFs. My second year the teacher who the Assistant Principal and I shared the office space with decided to become a stay at home mom, which meant that we would have to share with someone new. We had a good thing going, so I wasn't sure about what to expect. And then... I met Kerrin...
She is one of the most sarcastic, funny, and witty person I know. The blunt yet funny and realistic way she say everything she thinks is both admirable and hilarious. We had so much fun in that office! Although by that year I already had a 'click' with two other teachers with whom I would go to happy hours every other day after school (don't judge!). I would often invite Kerrin, and I don't know if she thought I was an alcoholic or didn't want me to think she was a drinker but she refused to join us ALL THE TIME!!! (how dare she??!)
Finally, after so many times I insisted, she started joining us and it was AWESOME!!! After that year I got my own classroom and she did too; we were in different building and I felt so far away... however, our collegial relationship had already become a true friendship, so even when we were apart in different building we would always find ways to hang out.
For a minute, during quarantine this year, I felt that my friendships were going to be tested, because not being close to each other meant we would stop trying to communicate. I don't know why I thought this, or why I doubted my friendship, but I am glad to say that I was wrong. Even during this crazy time of online learning we have been communicating constantly, we've had Zoom meeting to hang out and drink, and we have also met at the park a couple times.
It fills me with joy to say that I have truly cultivated great relationships at work and I am grateful to have Kerrin in my life.
By now you probably have noticed that I mentioned two BFFs and I have only talked about one... but I thought this post was getting to long already and I will talk about my other BBF in a different post! Stay tuned...