I’m usually pretty good with words. Heck, writing is my thing. Always has been. But today, my heart is heavy and the words keep erasing themselves.
One of my most treasured reasons for this blog has always been the networking with other teachers. I have had the great privilege to work with teachers all over our country (and increasingly, the world). Through this adventure, I have come to know a very special group of teachers. We collectively run The Teaching Tribune, but our networking and friendships go so far beyond our shared blog. We are truly friends. From Ireland to Vegas to Canada to Georgia to Australia and beyond. We talk every day about school, life, our families, our joys, our frustrations, and most recently… our sorrow.
Today is a day that more than ever I wish we were closer together. Today is also a day I realize that the dreamed meet-ups, where we will one day sit in the same room together, will never happen. We lost our dear friend Teresa from Second Grade Pig Pen yesterday.
For those you who didn’t have the honor of knowing her… she was funny. She was selfless. I don’t think many of us knew quite how sick she really was on the other side of our computer screens. And she loved to dance. Her “money dance” was my favorite, though she was a trusted “snow day dance” dancer for those of us still teaching, even after she had to retire due to her health. How fitting that her final blog post is one of a church covered in snow. It’s a perpetual snow day for you, friend!
I know that she’s dancing away right now and though our hearts are heavy, they will heal. Treasure every moment you have. Our lifetime is but a minute, and I hope you live each one to the fullest.
We love you, Teresa.