I was overjoyed when I opened my facebook this morning to see that my dear friend and former teaching partner had her baby. There is something so glorious about watching a new soul enter the world. But more than that I have a bit of a motherly connection to her mother.
Four years ago I met Amber as I was interviewing to find someone to take my maternity leave. I knew at the interview she was the girl for me, she didn’t disappoint. Wise beyond her years- she was a born teacher from the start and slid right in to replace me when I left that January to have Gigi. She also kept quiet every time I snuck into the coat room to eat a nutty bar…so there’s that.
A year later she took the other fifth grade position and we became partners and friends. I tried to mentor her in my own way, offering support, but leaving her lots of space to grow and experiment. To find out who she was as a teacher.
When I left last year she moved into my room and I willed her 90% of the furniture, books, and supplies that I had won from grants over the years. She has been with me through two babies, two books, three DVD filmings, a strike and countless trips to Chipotle to restore our souls. She also braved the classroom slice of life challenge with me for two years, not an easy undertaking.
Congratulations dear friend and welcome to the world baby! And text me as soon as I can come see her.