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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Thankful

Thankful. I am thankful. Thankful for my family and I love them with all my heart. But this post isn't about them, though they deserve it, it's understood that I am thankful for and love my family. Love is a many splendored thing, right? Patient. Not over-rated. It doesn't stink. Generally under-appreciated and taken for granted in the grand scheme of things. But not by me. I am overtly expressive of my love of my family and that's not what this post is about. Today I want to express my thanks for my co-workers. The people I work with on a daily basis are pretty amazing. It's easy to see someone in one particular light, as a teacher or social worker or psychologist, but in reality everyone, every individual is multi-faceted and multilayered. From the tech-savvy linguist, who at first blush takes what we do very seriously, but who is witty and hilarious and makes us all laugh at lunchtime; to the quiet, reserved and more ernest, yet laid back individual who brings us delicious home-made brownies, which I swear are the best. ever. (ever); or the knowledgeable and dedicated life-long learner/educator who devotes precious time outside of school to her students and her thoughtful planning and instruction, or the vivacious and remarkable new staff member, who is at once silly and bubbly, but yet incredibly kind and patient. I could go on and on and on. My point is that we all know how important it is to have people in your personal life who love and support you, who inspire you, but isn't it just as important to have those same kinds of people where you spend the majority of your day: at work? Isn't it enlightening and enjoyable to be able to work with people who share your same level of energy doing what you do? Yes it is. I am surrounded by the kind of people who love what they do and I am thankful.