At one point I listened to my mom and a former employee share a memory and then I heard her say, "Your co-workers become your family."
For the last five years I feel lucky to have forged so many meaningful relationships.
Life is interesting. Think about it, such a huge part of every one's life is work. I grew up in a time when work was very blue collar, you tightened your belt and rolled up your sleeves. I watched my parents endure good and bad times on the job. I heard the stories my grandfather shared about the good ol' days. And all this led to a mindset; that mindset then morphed into wanting a better life for my own kids. Yet through it all, one thing remains...the people. They are in the ones that are in the trenches with you.
As I sat back and watched my mom take in her final day, it was a good reminder that it is always about relationships. I felt that 2014 was a phenomenal year for me, for Warner and for my family. There were celebrations, honors and opportunities, but through all of it, experiencing it with my extended family is what I will cherish.
Now we kick off a new beginning, 2015 is here. In some ways I can't believe it is truly 2015. I mean as a kid I loved watching Back to the Future with Michael J. Fox and when they went to the year 2015 I was in complete awe!
When it came time to leave the retirement open-house I hesitated. I thought about the legacy, the end of an era and I also thought about the connections. Our relationships are who we are. We don't always have to agree, we don't always have to be best friends, but in the end it is about enduring, caring and togetherness.
As I look ahead I see lots of new beginnings, a few endings and endless opportunities. I'm grateful that I have such a great team to live it with each and every day. Here's to a wonderful year!
NEXT WEEK AT A GLANCE:
Sunday, January 4th: Happy BDay to Candy Brugger
Monday, January 5th: Welcome Back!
Monday, January 5th: Reminder to all String Team students, no practices in January
Wednesday, January 7th: Grades 3-5 morning assembly
Wednesday, January 7th: Early Release 2:35pm
Thursday, January 8th: CP Federal Credit Union PM
Friday, January 9th: Meeting at MDE (9am-3pm)
New & Notes -
* Keep in mind the 4th & 5th grade Spelling Bee is scheduled for Monday, January 12th
Articles Worth Reading:
One bad tweet can be costly to a student-athlete
Arne Duncan's EDU predictions for 2015 @arneduncan
Arne Duncan asks, "What If?" Here are the responses... @ValerieStrauss
Most Memorable Blog Posts of 2014 @ReadByExample
In My Ear, In The Moment @JimDetwiler1
Playing in the Paper @laughwithchad
Why Schools Should Pay More Attention to Students' Grit @HuffingtonPost
One Hope @ScottRRocco
15 Ways To Live a Year With No Regrets @marcandangel
Videos Worth Watching:
Owen and Haatchi...phenomenal! (12 min)