Last year I joined a secret club and I didn't even know it.
This club is filled with mostly women, but is not exclusive. Men are in this club, but the women are really the leaders. Sorry, not sorry guys. It might be the mom-gene in us. Even those that do not have children have that gene and it cannot help oozing out in this group setting.
This club has the most supportive people in it I have ever met. They hug. They smile. They listen. They offer advice, if needed. They laugh and see the humor in just about everything. They allow you to cry, and never ever make you feel poorly about doing so. They also will help celebrate your milestones, birthdays, holidays, successes or missed attempts. They are ALWAYS up to being taste testers...if you try a new recipe. And I have witnessed them sacrifice themselves if someone happens to have too much...say cake...at home and needs it to disappear but just can't toss a perfectly good food item in the trash. If you need to put on your You Are In Deep Trouble voice, they silently give those on the receiving end of your voice The Eye. You know, the eye that without words says...'you did it now, pushed the envelope, didn't you?'
They will clear their evening schedules if you need someone to get a pedicure with, share a glass of wine or go play trivia. They will be instantaneous exercise buddies, who will spend 30 minutes walking and talking, after having worked a full day.
They share...ideas, information and funny things that they see or hear. They share their families too...this club doesn't start and stop when you walk through the door. In fact, it stretches through out the community, and farther. I am hesitant to say through out the state and the country only because I haven't felt that yet. But I suspect it does.
They are always willing to learn and try something new: cutting edge souls. If you can't quite figure something out, they help and you won't feel silly needing and receiving their help. They will even check on you later to see how things went.
They text. A lot. Which is pretty great. You don't ever have to feel alone in this secret club. This past Friday night, I received a text thread that sparked over 40 messages in less than 20 minutes. I lay exhausted on my couch, barely able to lift my phone after completing my first full week of the school year. I'm not complaining. That thread would have had my thoughts in it too, had I not fell asleep where I sat...it was just 8 pm.
I am blessed to be in this club. I truly enjoy all the members. They are deeply dedicated to what they do. They inspire me daily, to add as best I can to the club.
Society knows our school teachers (administrators and other staff included) are hard working individuals, but society really doesn't know the depth of how much passion runs through their veins.
Just like Lilly...I wanted to be a teacher when I grew up!
Henkes, K. (1996) . Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse . New York : Greenwillow Books