I've been trying to plan this slice all day and wanted to write about something else but this is what my mind is preoccupied with. My dear friend entered my life three years ago and has made me a better person. She transferred to our building and was the new teacher at the end of the hallway, teaching first grade.
I don't know what brought us together but eventually passing in the hallway we started up small talk and it quickly grew to lots of talk - personally and professionally. She was planning her wedding and so kindly asked if she could invite me but didn't want to make me feel awkward because we were new friends. During our short time together, our friendship grew and we talked daily. We would try to squeeze in lunch together during our busy days, where we would try to solve all things education or plot another professional book to read, or our list of technology we would learn and work through together. I've never really worked with anyone who reads as much as I do and anytime I would ask, have you read - she probably had.
This year we each moved classrooms and she was my neighbor, I thought I had struck gold! Each day we would chat about teaching and life. She would also offer such sound advice and guidance. I could text her at 11pm and know she would answer and have a thought about my newest ramblings and ideas for second grade. We shared a common philosophy about many things.
She had been working a lot lately, it seemed a bit more than usual. She came to work last week two days because we have a sub shortage and no one picked up her jobs. Luckily, one staff member could cover at the end of the day and it got her to the doctor to find out she had flu B. On Friday, she came in to set up her class with other first grade teachers to go home and rest. Today I learned, her cold got worst, she went to the ER yesterday and passed away shortly after with an infection that developed with the cold/fluB.
Friends, please take care of yourself. School can wait. Papers can wait. Students can wait. My friend was resting and taking care of herself but I wonder if she had started earlier would she have been strong enough to fight this horrible infection and prevented such sadness we are all feeling who knew and loved her.
Thank you Two Writing Teachers for fostering and organizing this writing challenge. I've enjoyed writing and sharing stories with you all.