Day 6: Five people who mean a lot to me.
I think this is a loaded question. And the Libra in me hates it.
What if I offend someone who isn't in the 5? And again, it goes wihout saying,
Alexander and Eric would be first on the list/
This question makes me dislike this blog challenge but I'm committed...
1. Leadership Camp Senior Counselors:
They inspire me, challenge me, and push me to better than I am. They remind me of the good in people. Despite camp being seven days, and all of us are on our best behavior, I trust these folks to be honest with me. They are incredible people who live the Rainier Magic every day of their lives. It's just who they are and I aspire to be more like them. Plus, they listened to me complain about "the job" for six years and were the first ones I wanted to tell when I was offered it this year. They get it. And me.
2 and 3. My brother and sister:
Our relationships have strengthened over the years. I can be totally pissed off at them in one minute and completely defend them in the next. I am the oldest of three and I have always and continue to love them with a fierceness to protect and hover over them. I have learned that they don't need my protection so our adult friendships have morphed into even playing fields. While they are the first to frustrate me; they are also the first to support, encourage, and love me. I am immensely proud of them for where they are in their lives, careers, and with their families.
4. My cousin Jodie:
She is my best friend. She validates me. She calls me on my shit. She makes me a better person. I don't see her near as much as I should (what happened to our monthly dinner visit plan?). When I do see her, she has to make the trek to us but she never complains about it. I should make more of an effort but she gets where I am in life and accepts me for it. She loves my husband. And she loves my son almost as much as I do. And she cried about my cat, too.
5. My ASB students:
They rock. They push me to do my best as a teacher. And they have totally stepped up with a new advisor who knew nothing about their plans for the year. They know I am a control freak but have understood, better than I it seems, that I would be busy with this new job. So, they have stepped in when needed, without being asked, and not one single task has been dropped by the team. That's saying a lot when working with 40+ student-leaders. And they eat all my candy...which my arse doesn't need, so it's a good thing.
Ok, maybe that wasn't as hard as I thought. Just don't be mad if you didn't make the list. It did only allow for five people and these people came to mind tonight.