I really mean it. If you're one of my friends reading this right now, it means a lot to me to know that you've got my back in the good times and the bad.
That's what it's like in a classroom, too. It's not all roses… especially at this time of the year. You need to be helpful of others… colleagues, support staff, special area teachers, parents, administrators, secretarial staff, custodial staff… and especially the students.
You need to teach them how to be a true friend.
They're watching how you handle when adversity comes up… and it does come up, because for whatever reason, at this time of the year, people start feeling the pressure.
Dogs are great at being "unconditional" friends.
They'll come to the door and greet you when you come home every time… and want you to pet them. Other pets do that as well, but probably not as much as a dog does.
I miss our golden retriever. We used to just cuddle on the floor after a long day… me teaching kids, and her chasing the flies that would bug her. It was so peaceful.
Cherish every moment with your friends.
I'll try to do the same. (We don't need to cuddle, though. We can just talk.) :) :)