Saturday, March 2, 2013
Sharing Our Pasts - SOLC #2
One thing led to another, and our conversation shifted to how I lived in Utah for a year and a half back in the 80's (long before this darling teacher was even a gleam in her parents' eyes!). She was curious to know how I got to Utah, and if I had lived there, why would I ever come back to Ohio??!!!
Last year, during the SOLC, I told the story of moving out west as a 22 year old; first to Jackson, Wyoming and then a little further south to Salt Lake City, Utah. But this new colleague only knows me as an experienced teacher, and she was surprised at what I shared. As time got away from us, she questioned me further about some details. And at the end, she very gratefully thanked me for sharing this particular story with her.
I didn't question her further about what she was thanking me for, but it did make me stop and wonder. I do get her surprise about my life "before" what it is today. After all, I have two daughters very close to her age, who still are surprised at my unconventional move out west -- I didn't have a place to live, didn't have a job, didn't know anyone, didn't have a place to live, and really couldn't ski very well at all. Who does that?!!
But I wonder if the other surprise is that she has only known me in one role - that of someone who helps her with her professional growth in language arts. And to take it a step further, if that's the case, then I think I need to share more of my early wanderings with the younger teachers with whom I work. It makes me more real, and someone who doesn't know all the answers in life. I'm not even sure I have this answer, but I'm still wondering nonetheless...
Thanks to Ruth and Stacey for hosting us again for the Slice of Life Challenge. Head on over there to find out what other "slicers" have to say each and every day. I love hearing the behind scenes thinking and stories from so very many of you.
Posted by Karen at 8:37 PM