"Keep smilin' ...
Keep shinin' ...
Knowin' you can always count on me
That's what friends are for ..."
Carole Bayer Sager
DAY 246: Tonight we had a surprise going-away party for my dear friend and co-worker, Chris (the tall guy in the picture above along with his other half, Joe). Chris and I knew each other in passing for many years through school activities (Teacher of the Year, Magnet Program), common friends, and also through some theatre connections (though we never actually did a show together). It was only when I returned to Douglas Anderson about six years ago that we reconnected as we became co-workers.
Despite the "obvious" thing we share in common, Chris and I are both math teachers, both have a love of musicals (though his taste sometimes departs a bit from mine ... Joe's even farther), and though his is quite a bit more fanatic, a love for Disney as well. I always felt like I had a "kindred spirit" while eating lunch or partying with the Math Department, and I have to admit I'm afraid there's a part of me that will now feel a little lost and alone in the lunchroom.
Chris is moving to Boston, where his other half, Joe, recently got a job with the Boston Globe. I admire his brave "new start" and (though I've never actually told him this) I have incredible respect and, to be honest, TREMENDOUS envy for the strength and love in his relationship ... a level of commitment that is very hard to find in "our community."
I'll miss his energy, positive attitude, and friendship ... but I know we'll stay connected over the web and I'm sure we'll be seeing him now and again. I'm grateful to call him my friend. And, who knows? Maybe a trip to Boston will be called for in the future - to see him, Joe, and my other friend "Cutie," I mean Jenn.