Welcome to my website. I have a strong desire to end that sentence with “Said the spider to the fly.” That would be totally inappropriate and not applicable so I am resisting the urge.
Two years ago I would have been stunned if someone told me I’d be writing a book and then proposing it to agents and publishers. In fact, my psychic did tell me that and I said, “Ha! I don’t even like to write. I am just a second grade teacher.” As usual, I was wrong and she was right. I did write a book and I found out that I even like writing. Also, I am no longer teaching my seven and eight year olds. Life is just so strange sometimes.
I have been trying to follow my heart the last several years. After my sweet, smart and snarky husband, Mark, died ten years ago, I had to relearn who I was. I’ve changed just about every aspect of my life, and leaving my classroom was one of the last changes. While I miss teaching, and my students, I know deep inside me that this was the path I was supposed to take. Still, I will forever miss those popcorn moments when every child in the room is bouncing in her seat trying to get a chance to give an answer. I miss that sweet moment when a child hands me the love note he wrote for me. Most especially, I miss the laughter the class and I shared every single day.
That path out of my classroom was something I just couldn’t envision. At least until I realized that my school, classroom, coworkers, and especially, my students were my safe harbor in the grief and loss I felt from Mark’s death. The moment I realized my book would be about those children saving my life, the lights flickered. (True story!) Two days later, I gave my principal notice and here I am.
Let me know what you think of this new and grand adventure I am on.