It's the first Saturday of spring break, and three Piscean Princesses (two present plus one former DAEP staff colleagues who celebrate March birthdays) meet up at the fairly new Whole Foods Market at the Domain in Austin, Texas.
The differences among the three are many. In no particular order: Brunette curls, redheaded bob, black spiky locks. Grandmotherly, mom of adult/teen, mom of teen/toddler. English teacher, librarian, art teacher. Bilingual...and not bilingual. Birth years spanning three decades.
What they do share: A history of work at a secondary disciplinary alternative education program. Kind souls who recognize the value of every child-student, and of every teacher who dares to venture into classrooms of hurting children. Women born under the sign of Pisces, who are flexible, creative, intelligent, empathetic (almost to a fault). Support for one another.
They share a friendship that goes beyond those DAEP walls. The kind of friendship that stays alive through social media and emails. The kind that even once-a-year outings seem like they happen every day, because there's no awkwardness in their smiles and hugs. The kind that is already making plans for their next meetup even before the goodbyes are over.
And today they shared time at Whole Foods, eating, laughing, venting, commiserating, catching up, and yes, shopping.
This slice of life was juicy, sweet, and fed our spirits. Can't wait to do it again!