“Nothing Gold Can Stay”–Saturday Edition

work friends

These lovely gals (and little Sammers) are my work crew friends.  We make up over half of the English department at Sullivan Central High School and have been dear friends for over 5 years.  We, along with our two other English department counter-parts, have even gained a county-wide reputation as one of the closest departments.  Not only do we all “get along” (which, interestingly enough, doesn’t always happen among teachers in certain departments), but we’re very good friends.  It’s so much easier to get up and come to work when you know you’ll get to spend the day with people you love.  However, just like all other good things, our work relationships are partially coming to an end.  Mariel, the lovely lady holding Sam, is taking a job in another school district closer to home where she will raise her boys.  Jennifer, the pretty girl in stripes, is moving up to take an administrative job at another high school in our district.  To say that we are sad to know that we will not see these two everyday is an understatement!  We have such a history together…

From smearing cake on my face at my wedding shower…

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To baby showers with our favorite athletic trainer friend Joanna (who thankfully hasn’t left us yet!) and Rebecca, who we miss…

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work friends

work friends

To welcoming those babies into the world…

work friends

work friends

To numerous hiking trips (both with and without children)…

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To competing in 5ks….

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work friends

and triathlons with our awesome Science friend…

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To, um, getting up close and personal…

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work friends

work friends

To exploring Asheville and Charleston…

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work friends

And to just having fun both at work and away from work…

work friends

work friends

work friends

work friends

work friends

Over this past week, since the realization that we would no longer all be co-workers, we’ve tried to savor our time together.  Here we are at lunch with Justin and Kelly, our other two awesome co-workers who aren’t leaving us (at least for now!)

work friends

work friends

But even though we will not all be working together, we know we will always be friends.  We may have to work harder to make an effort to get together, and we will of course be making new friends, but that doesn’t mean our love for one another will diminish.  Being a brand new teacher at 22 is hard, and I feel so fortunate to have stepped into a job where the people around me were so wonderfully welcoming.  Time goes on, and things change.  Growth is good.  In the insightful words of Robert Frost:  “Nothing Gold Can Stay.”

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