Slice of Life Tuesday is hosted by Two Writing Teachers
Endings have a way of inviting new beginnings. I am not sure where I read this saying, or if it was just something that came to me as I was encouraging my young colleague Rachel to “go West, young lady!” But it sounded good, and I just kept repeating it in the weeks leading up to her departure for Denver. It made me feel better, and it seemed to have the same effect on her, too. After all, it’s not every day that you pack up as many of your belongings as can fit in one small car, bid your hometown and family goodbye, and then drive all the way from New Jersey to Denver. And I kept repeating it as I walked her to her car on our last day of school: endings have a way of inviting new beginnings, Rachel, this will be a wonderful new beginning for you.
As summer turned to Fall, we traded messages and phone calls about this new beginning. Denver was awesome, everyone she met was so “chill and nice” (these are two words that don’t come to mind when one thinks of New Jersey-ites!), her apartment was lovely, her colleagues were supportive and encouraging. Yes, teaching in an inner city school was challenging and often frustrating, but she was enjoying this new beginning. She was beginning to discover herself.
And, who wouldn’t, with vistas like this on your every day commute to work (good riddance Garden State Parkway!):
And new companions like this adorable one:
On New Year’s Eve, Rachel and I were able to make some time in our busy holiday schedules to get together in person at one of our favorite haunts:
We weren’t able to sit outside to enjoy our baked treats, as we had in days long past, but nothing else had changed. Well, actually, Rachel had changed. Where she had once been full of self-doubt and uncertainties, now she was confident and more secure. Where she had once seemed afraid and cautious, now she seemed ready to meet new challenges, to stretch and grow personally and professionally. Watching her and listening to her also brought back memories of what it had been like to be young and free – to pack up and start life somewhere brand new just because. When the process of self discovery lay at the heart of every decision, and practicalities an afterthought. It was wonderful to see this lovely young person so enjoying her new life.
Rachel’s New Jersey “ending” had certainly led to a wonderful series of new beginnings in Denver. Bravo, my friend!