Years ago when our son was busy studying his bar mitzvah Torah portion, we were busy planning the celebratory luncheon that would follow the service. (See Ghostwriting in the Family)
We picked the restaurant, selected the menu, made up the guest list, and sent out the invitations.
We invited family of course, our friends and our son’s friends, old college classmates, long-time neighbors, and business colleagues of my husband and teaching colleagues of mine – all the communities that were so meaningful to the three of us. And accordingly we drew up a seating plan for the luncheon.
And then on that joyous bar mitzvah day we went from table to table thanking all our guests for coming. And altho I felt close to everyone gathered in the room that day, it was the table where my teaching colleagues were sitting I felt I best belonged.
I spend all my working hours with my colleagues, we mentor and support each other, we share our passions and our goals, and we appreciate what we do day-to-day far better than our spouses or our friends ever could. (See Mr October, Magazines for the Principal, The Diary of a Young Girl, The Parking Lot Seniority List, Educator of the Year and Going Back to Work)
When we put our hearts and souls into our work, it’s the community of our colleagues who know us best!
Jane Addams HS Faculty Reunion – 2014
Jane Addams HS Faculty Reunion – 2023
– Dana Susan Lehrman
This retired librarian loves big city bustle and cozy country weekends, friends and family, good books and theatre, movies and jazz, travel, tennis, Yankee baseball, and writing about life as she sees it on her blog World Thru Brown Eyes!