Yesterday, my grade level team and I walked across the street to grab a bite of lunch before starting our regular Friday afternoon meeting. The frustrations of this new year came to a head and lunch simply turned into a bitch session. We complained and lamented about everything. It is hard to be around a lot of negativity so we try not to have bitch sessions very often, but venting was necessary. And that we did.
After lunch, we cleaned up and headed back outside. That was when we were stopped by a man who walked outside at the same time. He said that he had been sitting across from us at lunch and couldn't help but overhear our conversation. All four of us admitted later that we were worried he was going to tell us to we were a little too tightly wound and needed to take it down a notch and stop complaining. But he didn't. He said he appreciated hearing our compassion and concern for the kids and wanted to thank us. We all breathed a collective sigh of relief that he wasn't there to reprimand us and expressed our appreciation.
And we were appreciative. There seem to be ebbs and flows with teacher bashing, and with the 2016 presidential election approaching (ugh!) the rhetoric about how greedy and awful teachers are has been flowing. After feeling unsupported by those who are supposed to support us early in the new year, this man's words were so meaningful.
This has been making the rounds among the teacher set.