Thanks to my Teach Write buddy Leigh Anne Eck for inviting me to the party! You can read her story and mentor text inspiration for “Depending on when you met me” here.
Depending on when you met me, I might have been: writing made up assignments on my chalkboard, a Scrabble champion, driving a golf cart around the neighborhood, sitting in the second pew singing alabanzas al Señor, a 7th grade girl trying to impress a group of 8th grade girls on a trip in Europe, a resentful and uncomfortable minority at a private high school for one year, serving Starbucks coffee with a loud “GOOOOOOD MORNING” at 5 AM, leaving the city for college, proclaiming the Good News with passion, returning home after one year away at college, questioning faith and the church, hopelessly enamored with a boy 1200 miles away, unsure of pursuing teaching fearful of not living up to my mother’s excellent educator reputation, walking down the aisle to a man I didn’t like, winning rookie teacher of the year, falling in love with myself for the first time, pursuing marriage counseling and learning to grow alongside my forever love, nourishing new friendships, glowing in my first pregnancy, a mom who was supported by fierce mujeres, losing decades-long relationships, a woman whose identity powerfully took shape in the midst of a pandemic, una mija y mujer y maestra y esposa y mami y amiga y hermana.
*Note: This was surprisingly harder to write than I anticipated. I am seeing this as a work in progress – a piece I can come back to and refine. I found myself wanting to take out (did I say too much?), add more (is this a crucial part of my life story?), replace words (is that the best way to say it?).
Join the party – I look forward to learning more about you!