I left you for four whole days this past weekend. I have never been away from you for that long, and oh, how my heart hurt. I usually wake up to the sight of your bed head and your pajama clad bodies. Our mornings are usually filled with giggles and your enthusiasm for the day ahead. Instead, Mommy woke up each morning in a lonely, silent hotel room. I missed you so very much.
But, what an amazing time Mommy had at the NCTE conference! I learned so many things about teaching young readers and writers. I met a lot of people whose work I have admired for a long time. I got to shake hands with people whose shoulders I stand on every day in the classroom. I got to talk in a microphone to a whole room full of people about things that matter to me. I learned, and I came back a better teacher. I think I finally found my tribe.
Maddie, you talk about wanting to be a “hair-saloner” like your cousin Sara. Katie, you want to be a “worker, just like Daddy” and “build tall buildings.” Whether you end up being hair-saloners or workers or teachers or politicians or race car drivers… whatever it is, I hope you love your job with your whole self. I hope your job excites you and fulfills you in a way that nothing else ever could. I hope when you’re busy doing whatever it is you will be doing, you feel like you were born to do that thing. I hope you have an insatiable desire to learn and to keep getting better at whatever it is you are called to do. Just like Mommy did this weekend, I hope you will find others in your field whose work you admire, and then I hope you will seek those people out and learn from them and with them. I hope you find your tribe.
Whatever it is you do, I hope someday you will leave the people you love most in the world for four whole days to learn to do it better. I hope it matters that much to you.
Mommy sure is glad to be home.
I love you,