Do you ever really take a moment to think about someone you just met and wonder how long they will be a part of your life for?
There are friendships that you don’t even see coming but when they leave, you know you are a better person for having been a part of it.
You won’t even realize how much you will miss them one day.
Most of the best stories take place a long time ago. This one began back when a middle school was still a junior high school and tube socks and banana clips were still in style.
We walked into our social studies class and to our delight found a substitute teacher.
Doesn’t every kid love that feeling when a teacher is out and you think you are going to do absolutely nothing?
Just not in this case.
Ms. O’Sullivan greeted our class. She had this dry sense of humor that was highly entertaining. She also was not putting up with our usual nonsense.
She came back quite a few times that year.
Each time, I would see her, I would call out, “HI MS. O”SULLIVAN!”
To be honest, I did it to annoy her. It never worked.
She would just calmly say hello right back to me and get on with the class. Every now and then her dry humor would come out in remarks to the class. It was hysterical.
We saw her frequently throughout the rest of our time there. She became such a familiar face that I looked forward to when she would be teaching. You knew she actually cared just based on her mannerisms and interactions with all of us.
Eventually I graduated and moved on to High School. I got a job in retail and pretty much lived there.
One night while I was cashiering, guess who walked in.
You probably guessed right.
Loudly, I called out, “Hi MS. O’SULLIVAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” I was so excited to see her! We caught up on all that is life and I was introduced to her very sweet mom that came in with her.
Ms. O’Sullivan would shop in the store many times during my retail career there. By that point, she was already a full time teacher and no longer a substitute. I enjoyed all of our little catch up chats.
Who would have thought?
Years later, I left retail for teaching. When I first began as a substitute, I fondly remembered Ms. O’Sullivan’s patience and determination as I encountered all types of students. It really does take someone special to take on that role.
My brother also went into teaching and ended up at our old junior high now middle school…
with Ms. O’Sullivan who was still teaching there.
Thanks to my brother we were able to reconnect on Facebook. My first post to her? I am sure you can guess that too.
One of my favorite memories was bringing my son to visit my brother at work and having Ms. O’Sullivan get to hold him too.
My life took me to another state. I had another child. Blogging began and there was one person who cheered me on all the way. When my cat died, I reached out to her. Somehow I knew, she would know what to say. I even told her about my second pregnancy before many of my friends.
Ms. O’Sullivan encouraged me to keep writing.
When I got the news that she passed away recently, my heart broke. I truly miss her even if we didn’t have that everyday friendship.
I think about her when a student says hello to me or when I know that I need to start writing again. I think about all the lives she touched through her family and her friends. There were some amazing stories shared on her facebook page.
Heaven is a place that I believe in. I have faith that there will come a time where we will all see loved ones again.
I know who my biggest hello will be to.
Dedicated to the very awesome Ms. O’Sullivan. I will keep writing.
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