I want to save my teaching story for another time, mostly because I think it's so special, and I don't want to bore you with turning this into 15 or 20 "To Be Continued"s. Suffice to say, I received a call with an offer I could believe (or refuse) at just the right time.
My entire life I have been too afraid. I get stuck in the familiar and same-old and find myself crippled with fear, but this one time nearly five years ago, I took a chance. And my life has never been the same. I remember it clearly. Sean was born in October 2007, and I struggled with postpartum depression and anxiety for months. I remember the first day I was left completely and utterly alone with my newborn son. I was beyond terrified. I called the pharmacy and spoke to a precious co-worker. I was nearly hysterical. I was scared to dress him (didn't want to break his neck) and change him (didn't want to accidentally touch his healing umbilical stump). I will forever be grateful to that pharmacy. As soon as she hung up, they sent her to my house to stay with me.
Time passed and I got more comfortable with him, but I still struggled with my own self-worth. Then the principal at my alma mater called and asked me if I had ever thought about teaching. And my life changed forever.