A friend of mine sent me pictures today, taken at my 40th birthday party. Yup, I turned 40. And while that could be a post unto itself (many who know me are no doubt nodding their heads, remembering all the complaining leading up to that number!) what I really thought about when I saw the pictures was the relationships with the people who came out on a very stormy night to help me celebrate.
A very eclectic group shared the transition with me. My spouse who pulled off the grand affair without me knowing, friends who’ve known me for years, people I’ve only known a short while, family, hockey parents with whom I’ve sat many hours in cold arenas with, staff who’ve run the gauntlet with me, and teachers who’ve taught my children and become great friends.
It’s to the last that I thought about today. These educators who I’ve worked alongside with, who I’ve learned so much from, yet who have treated me as a peer. We’ve had a unique relationship being co-educators of my children. It has been unbelievably valuable not just for my boys, but for me, to be involved in this type of educational structure.
That night they had a presentation for me which included putting on the screen a quote from a blog post I wrote for the school division. (I hadn’t posted it on my personal blog until today.) And they asked me to read it aloud to everyone there:
I take my personal learning quite seriously: connecting to other educators on twitter, reading widely and often debating both Education philosophy and practice. But if I am honest, I have learned the most about education from my sons, and have incorporated those lessons into my own learning. Following my own passion in both Education and Health Care has made me a better practitioner in both areas. Thank you boys.
Reading the words I had written only a few months ago, out loud to a room full of people I care about, was surprisingly emotional for me.
As I’ve branched out and become more engaged in my professional life I know it has put strain on lesson planning time, time with my kids and my personal life. And vice versa, when things get busy with teaching my boys and we’re digging into some great learning, my professional time slides and I can’t devote as much to patient care.