I don’t know how it is for most people in the world, but for me, I really genuinely care and love the people I work with. I work at a lot of different places, too, but it doesn’t matter which school I am teaching at, I have developed good camaraderies at each place of employment. I may not hang out with my coworkers outside of work, but it doesn’t matter. I care about them as I would in any dysfunctional but loving family.
Yesterday was a tough day for me. I learned that two of my school families have had unfortunate chinks in their armor. At one school, there has been a loss of a family member. Though I doubt most of us knew this family member well, the idea that our coworker is going through such horrific pain is unbearable. It was hard being there without feeling ill at ease, but yet, it was the only place I wanted to be. With the look of grief in everyone’s eyes, I had a responsibility to uplift with my singing and to maintain a happy spirit for the children who looked up to me expecting all of my upbeat energy.
At another school, I learned that two of my favorite coworkers have had a falling out. I would have never known this to be the case, as they put on a good front around each other, but I learned a little of this story when one of the them confided in me for a brief moment after class. I am crushed by this. These are two amazing adult women, both of whom I respect and care for. The idea that they are not getting along truly leaves a wound in my soul. It’s like our happy family is splitting up.
As I felt so crummy all day yesterday, I realized it is because of how much I care about the people I work with. They are not just coworkers….they are family members. When one of them is hurting, so am I. So, if you are a coworker reading my blog today, I want you all to know just how much I mean this. We may come from different backgrounds, think differently, have different religious and political beliefs, but it doesn’t matter. I love you all. That is why my song of the day is The Pretenders’ “I’ll Stand By You,” because it is true. When you are a family member, I’ve got your back. So, click HERE to hear your song, and know how much I mean it. xo