reverb10.7 & reverb10.8
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Yesterday’s Prompt: Community. Where have you discovered community, online or otherwise, in 2010? What community would you like to join, create or more deeply connect with in 2011?
Recently, I’ve realized that I belong to a number of communities. Of course, there is the blogging community that dutifully reads my poor writing and occasional word vomit. There are the college friends that make weddings a bit more fun. There is the Saint Mary’s College community that I still feel connected to through emails, newsletters, Facebook updates, etc. There is the community I feel in my little town, with its festivals and active small businesses and familiar faces. There is the community of the restaurant staff where I wait tables on the weekends. The waitresses plan holiday parties and baby showers together and we’ve really gotten to know one another.
But most of all this year, I have felt community in the office where I work at school. The other TAs and I have truly come together in our struggles and triumphs. One of the other TAs calls us her tribe. I love this idea. As a nerdy academic, I’m sure she borrowed it from social psychology or something… but it represents the people we surround ourselves with when we can’t be with our family. Our tribe is our interim family, those people we spend holidays with because home is too far away, those people we celebrate with because of their proximity and our shared experiences, those people who understand how difficult it can be to teach students for the first time. My tribe consists of the dozens of other TAs at this school who support me and one another more than I could have ever imagined. To my tribe: Thank you for listening, letting me rant, sharing in my good grades, indulging in my bad jokes, and supporting me when the going gets rough. I definitely couldn’t have gotten through this semester without you.
Today’s Prompt: Beautifully different. Think about what makes you different and what you do that lights people up. Reflect on all the things that make you different – you’ll find they’re what make you beautiful.
I wear glasses and have a pointy nose. I laugh too loudly at inappropriate things. I say inappropriate things in inappropriate situations. I drink a lot of wine and beer. I LOVE food and have to eat often to keep my blood sugar up. I have an undying love of football. I curse like a sailor. I strive to be genuine and kind. I live my life out loud. I struggle to stay positive. I smile. A LOT. And it’s a big smile. I have an uncanny memory for worthless bits of information. I dance in the office. I sing showtunes to coworkers. I keep slippers at my desk. I like to enjoy the mundane.