Today was a good day.
Over 800 students and staff, on a field, dancing their hearts out for National School Choice week.
I don’t often talk about my work life; I kind of like to keep it somewhat private, but today was a good day. Today I was reminded about what happens when you dare to dream. About perseverance and hard work, about dedication and not giving up…and most importantly, about making a difference in the 800+ lives of those around us every day, and even more, the difference they make in us.
Let’s take a walk down memory lane.
15 years ago, I met an amazing woman. And we become the closest of friends; I cannot imagine what my life would be like without her. We have been thru everything and back together. And so, I remember when she talked about teaching, I suggested that she might like a new charter school that the Talented One had attended. At the time, my husband and I had decided to homeschool again, but it seemed a good fit for her.
A few years down the road, I was hired to be her teaching assistant. What a year that was! One of the best! We’d often have conversations of, “If I was the Director and you were the Manager, just think what we could do…”
But as the year ended, God had other plans in store for me and so I went back to being a full-time mom as we worked our way thru family issues and foster care.
And yet, a couple of years later, she did indeed, become the director. And a few months later, she found herself in need of a manager.
Yeah…I was NOT about to go down that road, despite our earlier dreams.
And yet…..that’s exactly where I found myself.
That was five years ago. And that first year was so very hard. It often felt like it was the two of us against the world. We poured our hearts and souls into this dream of hers; this dream of mine. And before we knew it, we had taken a school that was separated into three, worn down, falling apart campuses, and brought them together into one beautiful campus.
There have been plenty of times where I have been exhausted; physically, emotionally, spiritually…from the amount of blood-sweat-tears that I, we, have poured into this place. There have been plenty of times when we have felt unappreciated, undervalued, and overwhelmed with what it takes to make it successful.
There have been a whole lot of excuses that we could come up with convincing ourselves not to do it anymore.
But it was, is, and continues to be, so very important to us. So we have found, and will continue to find our way.
I was reminded of something from a dear coworker today. She mentioned a saying that she loves, She talked of how what we do is so important because we’re a family and how glad she is to be part of our family.
It reminded me of a very sweet moment….one I treasure.
A little over three years ago, my amazing friend and I took a private walk around “our” new campus. We were just about to open the doors; and as we walked about, we spoke about the dream we had back then, “If I were the Director and you were the Manager…think what we could do…”
Yeah…today was a good day.