Falling for a colleague....
I've never thought about dating a colleague in all my years; I had a brief infatuation with one over 30 years ago, and I learned my lesson.
But this colleague is different: she joined our school this year, and while I always found her funny and smart, I also felt a lot of sympathy for her, being a single mom and raising a children with emotional and learning issues.
Yesterday we were in the kitchen and somehow we got onto the discussion of how she decided to become a nurse. She told me this incredible story of being diagnosed with cancer when she was 13 years old, and although she went into remission, she never knew how long she was going to live.
I wanted to hug and hold her in my arms, so profoundly did I feel her pain. I told her about the loss of my family members to cancer, and we had a real moment when we looked into each others' eyes and shared our sadness.
Later on she told me that I had given her some advice that had really helped her with her daughter.
Maybe love has been under my nose all along....