I had a really wonderful dream last night after a very sad day. Due to budget cuts, my supervisor, whom I respect and love as one of the most genuine people I've ever met, lost his job- because he's an ex-army, REAL teacher - certified in literacy and numeracy instead of something like IT...anyway...such a crock that they chose HIM to let go. But they had to axe someone.
I didn't go to the break room, which was where and when he'd broken the news to everyone else, I was in the library, so he asked to see me at lunch to tell me before anyone else did.
I think - I KNOW-he knew/knows that I depended on him and had sort of adopted him as my British dad since my own father's death.
He reminds me of my father - ex-military, strong, straight, substantive to the core- but kind, always fair and sensitive to a fault.
Well, I was a cross between angry and sad for him and sad for the rest of us - including the men - who respect him and gain so much from just his presence in their lives - that I just started crying. We had one of those rare moments when two people just connect - no words necessary - just the look into someone's eyes that tells them how much you respect them and are happy that they've been a part of your world- and hate to see them shat upon.
He ended up comforting ME. That's just the sort of stalwart, lovely person he is.
I thought all the way home about what a wondrous thing it is when two people who probably never should have met - separated by a sea and a generation -still somehow meet.
That was my day yesterday.
So last night, I dreamed this lovely dream.
I dreamed that I was walking through the gym of a school I once taught in. And I was about to walk out the far door when a man on the bleachers called me back and said, 'Aren't you going to speak to her?'
I asked, 'Who?'
He said, 'Her' and indicated a little girl sitting on the bottom bleacher.
It was Mindy - my son's friend when they were both five or six - who I haven't seen since we moved away when they were both small children.
But even at that age - I could tell that she was genuine, real, strong and kind to the core.
She was just substantive - to the core- from the time I met her- which was when she was four years old.
I was so happy to see her. I took her face in my hands, she looked into my eyes...and that was the dream.
I called her mother tonight. She just had her first baby in November and is doing well.
This is her- she's the serious, pretty little girl with her mouth closed standing end right - next to my son: