Tonight, this is me:
There are a lot of things that I love. I love walking on a street in an unfamiliar city and running into someone I know. I love walking on any street and running into someone I know, but when I’m away from home, it’s that much more fabulous. I love being read to. I love watching students’ faces when the learning in class is on fire. I love the way a well-written book can pull me so far in that I have to actively reorient myself when I come up for air.
I could just have this post be a giant list of things I love because, really: there are a lot.
But no. I want to say one particular loved thing tonight. I love meeting someone I’ve known for years but never met in person and discovering that she is exactly who I knew she’d be and entirely more winning and fabulous than I could have imagined.
Tonight I was tired-tired-tired. This week had felt so very long and my head was pounding and all I wanted in the world was to go home, hide under my comforter and not answer the phone.
But I had plans. I was supposed to travel from my quiet little south Brooklyn work neighborhood to the Upper East Side to have coffee with a friend. And, had it been a friend who lives in New York, I might have had to give in to my headache and cancel the date. But it was Julie Brock I was on my way to meet. No way I could cancel that date!
So very glad I didn’t cancel. I had such a great time hanging out with Julie. She and I met during the first Slice of Life Challenge in 2008. She’s one of that original crew of slicers who helped me become a blogger. She is fabulous and funny and has so many amazing ideas about education reform. Talking to her dissolved my headache (with a tactical assist from some Advil) and gave me back the energy that had been drained by my work week.
One more thing I love: adding to the list of blog friends I’ve been lucky enough to meet in person!
And now I really must sleep, but you can see more slices at Two Writing Teachers!