I’ve written about friendship before in general terms, and I’ve written about the importance of friendships that were decades in the making…
…Today I want to talk about those women (if you’re lucky enough to have ’em) with whom you spend the majority of your waking moments. I’m talking about the women you work with. No, I’m not talking about the chicas that you pass in the hall and say, “Yo, what’s up?” I’m talking about the women that get you; the women that make the cut; the women that become your friends. I’m talking about the women that know all of your dirty little details and love you anyway.
Any of you who’ve been regular readers for awhile know how much I love my job…in the past I’ve tended to go on and on to the point it probably grosses you out and you start thinking I’m some sort of freak. But that’s okay, I’m proud to let my freak flag fly. Anyhow, it is only October and I can tell you right now that this year is going to be the best year ever. As in ever in my entire teaching career. Why? Because of these women:
These pictures succinctly sum up what our lives are like…Every. Single. Minute…of every work day. And unlike other work friends, we are literally together all day long in one small classroom with 15 middle schoolers with special needs thrown in for good measure. We are like a finely tuned machine. When one of us needs to tag out, another one tags in without being asked and without missing a beat. The kids all know that they can come to any one of us because we all love them just the same. And that my friends, is a rare thing indeed…to find a group of women who truly enjoy spending time with kids with special needs, and then to have that group of women all assembled in one classroom…a dream come true.
Do you know what makes it even better though? The friendship. These women are not mere coworkers whom I happen to like. They have my back. They made the effort to get past my guarded exterior (I ain’t gonna lie…I’m a tough nut to crack) to get to the gooey marshmallow center. They get my twisted sense of humor and like it. They would do anything for me, and I for them. I love spending my days with them. I look forward to going to work…every day is a new adventure. And every day, at least once, I laugh until I cry…or at least until I pee a little in my pants (see above).
It’s women like these three that make it even harder for me to comprehend the snarky sniping bitchiness that women oftentimes seem so eager to serve up to other females. Some women are nasty like it’s their job. I just don’t get it. When we build other women up, when we support them, encourage them, share our friendship with them, we only make ourselves stronger. And when we don’t? We deprive ourselves of the opportunity to see our own beauty reflected back through the eyes of women who get us.
Ahhh…tulle and sneakers. Need I say more? Okay, maybe I need to say blush pink lace up sweatshirt. This outfit is a whole big bunch of my favorite things all rolled up into one. Tulle, Adidas, sweatshirt, blush pink, lace up front…yep, pretty much perfection. I love all of the soft shades, and you all know how I am, I can’t resist a good juxtaposition. And one of my top three favorites is a frilly frou frou tulle skirt with sneaks and a sweatshirt.
I scored the sweatshirt in two colors (which btw I am required to share with my mini) on super ginormous sale at JCPenney’s a week or so ago. “Super ginormous” as in about $7 apiece. Sweet, right? The tulle skirt and the Adidas I have had forever, but the two paired with the new sweatshirt were a match made in heaven.
Everyone can rock a tulle skirt. Seriously friends, everyone. Simply pair it with pieces that make you feel comfortable. Whether that be a cardigan, pumps and pearls; a graphic tee, combat boots and a moto jacket; or sneakers and a sweatshirt. Make it your own and rock on with your bad self.
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