I taught my students how to write a sentence today.
They wrote I LOVE and then their name. And then they switched name cards with a friend and wrote I LOVE and their friend’s name.
It was a hit.
It is the 15th day of school and they can read the words I and LOVE.
They wrote on whiteboards I LOVE and then their names.
It felt like magic in my room. Even the most challenged students were successful.
I told Tom tonight (at 8:00, because we both have side hustles and we bust our asses) that I feel like I’ve entered Master Teacher status because I finally know how to put the things I want to teach into the most efficient form, to tell them in as succinct a way as possible. It makes a huge difference. I know what to say-and just say it-brass tacks style.
Tom also teaches. He’s a 1st year electrical apprentice teacher. And he’s in his 22nd year as an electrician. He has two teammates that teach in the program, and he is mentoring the new teacher, too.
Basically, we are twins no matter what. I’m working with a 1st year teacher and so is he. Ok, well, for him it’s 2nd year with this co-teacher, but last year he said nothing because he didn’t want to rock the boat. This year he’s decided to help the dude.
I am so in love with him. He is the man I waited for. He’s the man I wished for. God made me wait until 45 so I could appreciate him.
And YES I FUCKING DO.
Watching my sweet friends that I adore go through life and death and health crisis makes me realize how lucky I am. I don’t care how challenging it is to find a chapter 2 in mid-age. It is not nearly as hard as watching your husband in a coma or in a catatonic state.
My friend in the hospital is off the ventilator today.
They are breathing freely tonight, both my friends.
I LOVE MY FRIENDS.
I LOVE TOMMY RAY.
I LOVE ME.
I LOVE BEING AWAKE.
I LOVE MY LIFE.
Please send love and prayers to your people. Send lightning bolts, rainbows, volcanos, earthquakes, tornadoes of love out to the people you care about. God needs to know and he will do his best.
That’s it. That’s all I have to say really.