One of the huge pivot points of my life came when I was twelve. I played coronet in the 7th grade band. I don't remember if it was the first rehearsal, or not. But, sometime, during the beginning of that year, I met my best friend.
I can't even begin to fathom how different my life would be if I hadn't met J. My politics, my sense of self, the books I read, the music I listen to, the experiences I had, my empathy to my students, probably even my career choice itself, have all be irrevocably shaped by him.
While there have been other giant pivot points in my life - meeting J and getting to know him almost as well as I know myself changed me forever.
|10th grade winter formal. I'm in black, J is in plaid. The fashion is questionable, but the evening was great.|
"I don't know if I've been changed for the better.
But, because I knew you, I have been changed for good." - Wicked
|This summer. Personally, I think we look better - and we're certainly happier. I may go to high school every day, but I'm glad that's not still my world. Here's to good friends who have been with you forever. Blessed.|