Friday, November 25, 2011

Fly Sweet Birdy

This week we bid a bittersweet farewell to a very pregnant Lauren who, after 9 years as my "work wife", is venturing off into a blissful world of her own in anticipation of the birth of her son.

Everyone is asking me, "How are you doing?" And I reply that I feel as though I have gone through a break-up that I saw coming and therefore have prepared myself.

The sadness and drama have passed and I have met the reality of the situation with a clear head.  Of course, there is a bit of avoidance in really thinking too deeply about what this means.  I am sure that on Monday morning I will feel the lack of her presence immensely and my heart will ache a bit.

But knowing that she is embarking on a brilliant stage in her life trumps the sadness and brings me joy.

Tell your baby hello.
Our first graders made her cards to say goodbye and wish her family well. Their drawings of a pregnant Lauren with the "baby inside" are too precious.

I will finish the school year alone.  I am sure I will be fine but I will certainly miss being part of a fabulous team.  And with that, I will end this post.  Emotions are springing up to the surface and I'd prefer to heed the advice of Scarlett O'Hara and think about it tomorrow.

Lauren, I love you!  You will be missed.  xo

12 comments:

Barbara said...

I am sad and happy at the same time. I don't know how you will manage to get through the rest of the year without Lauren. The two of you make such a fabulous team! But at the same time, I'm happy for Lauren's new life venture. Good luck to both of you. I'm sure you are already anticipating Lauren bringing her son in for a visit.

Ms.M said...

Sad, but I am sure she won't be able to stay away and you will see her again before the year is up.

Ms. M
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Gary said...

Barbara - I am looking forward to meeting her son. I feel as though I have taken this journey with them and will be meeting a friend from that first instant. One of these days he may even be a student of mine. How crazy would that be?

Ms. M - Or I won't be able to stay away and will be knocking on her door bearing Curious George themed gifts :)

Angella Lister said...

I can sense the emotion in this. It's a new stage and some feeling of loss is natural. Will you be getting another co teacher at some point?

Gary said...

Angella - I will ride out the rest of this year solo and work with someone else in September. It is a time of mixed emotions for sure.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

congratulations to lauren and her family - which includes you on the imminent arrival of a bundle of bliss!

i can only imagine how hard it is for you to bid her adieu.

wishes for a smooth and healthy delivery for lauren! xxxx

Gary said...

Thanks Kimy. I keep waiting for the message that she has delivered the baby. Soon...

Pauline said...

Oh lordy, I know that ache. You will be fine eventually but there's no point in pretending the missing isn't there. The kids will help you and your honest pleasure in Lauren's new life will ease that ache. In a way, you're beginning a new life, too. And as the others here have mentioned, yours and Lauren's lives will intertwine in new and happy ways.

junkthief said...

I am sure you will miss her, but she will make a great mother. I hope she does come back to teaching eventually.

Gary said...

Pauline - It has been almost 2 weeks on my own and although I miss Lauren I have been enjoying teaching solo. I am certainly busier than I was before. The kids have been writing her notes so her presence is strong. We are all anxiously awaiting the news of the birth.

Gregg - She will be an amazing mom, that's true. I can't wait to meet her son!

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