Not only do Jen & I share a number of students which means spending our days sending glances of frustration and amusement across the heads of our unsuspecting students, we also spend time "conferencing". This typically amounts to sharing funny stories about our kids, airing frustrations we're experiencing with things at work, discussing fantasy football highs and lows, or
Today I unloaded a sizeable "brain dump" on poor Jen. Last night's events were the catalyst that brought weeks worth of negative thoughts to the surface and Jen was the patient, supportive ear that I needed to be able to verbally release all my maternal guilt, neuroses, fears, and frustration. While The General and my mom are typically the recipient of such rambling what I needed was a fellow mom in the trenches to commiserate with. Not only did Jen assure me that she has (or currently is) experiencing many of the same emotions that I am, she also didn't try to fix it for me or assure me that everything is fine. I can't tell you had good it felt to air out some of those feelings I've been holding on to for way too long.
Thank you, Jen, for being there when I needed you. I'm sure you didn't expect coming into work today that you'd have to play the role of therapist, but I can't tell you how much I appreciate your willingness to listen to me ramble. You help keep me sane, and I love you for that!