We also have other traditions. After school we meet in Charlotte's room for what she calls "therapy" sessions. Sometimes our sessions are 10 minutes because of other obligations. Other times we've sat there for hours. I can't tell you how many times I've just about peed my pants sitting in her class because we are having so much fun! We figure we've saved thousands on therapy by having each other. When one of us is on track break we mope sadly back to our own room and actually get some work done after school.
On staff development days we both make sure we have money because we get to actually go out to lunch. When you work at a school you have few options for lunch. 1) Cafeteria - not likely on most days. 2) Bring your own - this is what we usually do. 3) Order out - very expensive delivery charges. So we are giddy like school girls at the prospect of eating out on staff development.
We even dress alike sometimes. On special days (field day, holidays, etc.) we trek to Old Navy and get matching t-shirts for the occasion. Like other traditions, sometimes just us, sometimes others join in.
After our principal decided to leave for another position, Charlotte rocked the tradition boat by deciding to take a job at another school for the coming school year. What? I know. I was truly shocked by her final decision. I was shocked to find out she put her threats into full motion.
So yesterday, we spent our last contract day at school together. We ate lunch and got pedicures. Beasley, who is in town for the summer, was even there. But the whole time, there was this cloud over us. Some traditions died yesterday. No more after school antics in Charlotte's room. No more staff development lunches in restaurants. No more matching t-shirts. I think the questions loomed in both of our minds. Will this tradition survive? Will we continue to be as close as we are now when we are schools away? Will we be ok next year without each other? Will someone else steal my BFF away?
If you are looking for me after school next year, I'll be in my room. Working.