I walked in to the cafeteria and saw my teammates, each with a smile and expression of you are alive. Our custodian had already started to put tables up and it was blocking the view of my students. I snuck between the lunch tables and there were 19 beaming faces with whispers of my name over and over. I gave them all a peppy very fast back and forth wave and we left the cafe. Once we got back to the room we sat and visited. They were so happy to tell me what they've been doing for three and a half days without me. They beamed with pride as I shared my excitement for their work with money, informational narratives, and series reading. Happy smiles, beaming with pride - the best way to return to work.
Thank you Two Writing Teachers for fostering this writing community.