Everyone did the standard "How was your summer?" There were a few "What'd you dos" thrown in there as well. Everyone had their canned responses ready to go.
"I can't believe it's over!" "Never long enough!" "Can't wait to be back!"
If you get enough people in the hallway, you can hear people recycling questions and answers in rapid succession. It's kind of funny when you think about it. We're automatically programmed for pleasantries. The difference was when I ran into my principal or teachers from my department.
"Good to see you."
Hearing those words made me feel warm. It made me feel like I returned home, not just back to work. I found myself saying it back and actually meaning it instead auto responding.
Those of you who know me in real life or read the blog regularly know that it's rarely good for me to see most people. Generally, I don't enjoy other humans talking to me, breathing the same air, sharing my things, or any of the other stuff that comes with socializing. Other people stress me out. Keeping people happy, comfortable, excited, engaged, etc. is stressful. I do it all day everyday with my students, so it feels like work when I have to do that with adults. Most of the time I'd just prefer not. It's not personal. I know it's me. Therapy has made it SO much better than it ever has been. I just prefer being alone or with a few of maybe ten people on earth that aren't work to be around. My family isn't even in those ten.
"Good to see you too," I said. In truth, I missed my principal and coworkers. I teach because of the kids, but my enjoyment of my day is very much supported by the people around me. Strong principals are hard to come by. Supportive coworkers are few and far between. I was good to see them and it's good to be back. 2016-2017 is going to be a good year.
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