I belong to two different, but incredibly special, educator communities.
In one group we meet monthly on Zoom around a topic of interest.
In the second group we meet several times a week to share personal and professional stories and to write.
In both groups, we carry on conversations when we’re not gathered together in a synchronous space.
We share ideas.
We support each other.
We learn from and teach each other.
I am so grateful to the educators in both groups.
You’re probably thinking: so what? Many of us belong to similar groups.
But what is different about the members of both of these groups is that, for the most part, I’ve never met any of them in person.
Yet, I consider them friends.
It was in one of these groups where I first shared my cancer journey.
It is in both of these groups where I feel seen and heard.
And, all of this happened online.
I am grateful for the opportunity to “see” my “friends” often. To learn from them. To cry with them. To celebrate with them.
I am so grateful.
Cross posted to The Two Writing Teachers March Slice of Life Story Challenge.