Friendship Friday ~ Endings and Beginnings

Today marks my summer’s end. Today marks her new beginning. Seasons change, and here comes another one. When I return to my classroom on Monday to prep for the new school year, it will be just that.

My classroom.

After two years of sharing space and responsibilities and the dailiness of teaching together, it feels sad to me. I will miss my partner teacher like crazy.

After two years of sharing space and responsibilities and the dailiness of teaching together, it feels happy to me. I am glad to see her pursuing other dreams and possibilities. She has such ambition! I am eager to watch her soar.

And so it goes. Living in the tension.

The ambivalence.

We had talked about this moment more than a time or two during our weekly Wednesday catch-up meetings. How it wouldn’t be forever, but that we would enjoy our time together until it came to an end.

It has come to an end.

Endings are hard.

There is grief and heartache. There is change. There is unknown.

We each stand on the edge of our unknown.

It is so sweet when paths cross and we share a season together. When we walk a stretch of our individual journeys side-by-side. For us, this was a reconverging of paths. This season of teaching together was a time to relate as adult equals rather than relating in the teacher/student relationship we shared once upon a time.

She often said it was her season of coming full circle at Good Shepherd. Now it is time for her to move on, but the circle of love and friendship and memories that I have will not be unbroken.

Blessings, Miss Carter! Thank you for everything you did to make the past two years an adventure. You will always hold a special place in my heart and in the hearts of my children. You are a superstar and a treasured friend.

Thanks for heart-composting with me! I appreciate your words.