A-Z Challenge, Challenges by Sarah

F is for Friendships

Teaching can be a lonely career at times. You, in your classroom, alone with all those children!

Many of us wouldn’t survive our teaching jobs without supportive coworkers by our side. Things are different between your regular friends and teacher friends. There are unspoken agreements and understandings, communication in just one look, and they always have your back. Sympathy flows for seemingly small annoyances, even when your regular friends don’t think it is a big deal.

When you have a bad idea, good teacher friends will tell you, “Hell, no!”. You can also run notes, lessons, and emails by your teacher friends before you make a million copies. Nothing is more embarrassing than having your students inform you of your mistakes!

Your teacher friends will always have a good stash of snacks at the ready… chocolate, bananas, cake—you name it. We know we will need it.

Having teacher friends who are passionate about teaching will also rub off on you. You’ll notice the various things they do in their classroom and take a little bit of that with you to your own classroom.

When you’ve had a less than perfect day of teaching, your teacher friends will be there to listen to you vent. They’ll be there to tell you that tomorrow will be a better day and that you are an amazing teacher. We have all been there.

By Sarah ©2019

A-Z Challenge, 6 April 2019 – F

A-Z Challenge, Challenges by Sarah, Haibun, Poetry by Sarah

F is for Friendship

Another unexpected upside to anxiety is the friendship that you form with others. Friendship is critical to surviving an anxiety or panic attack and when you suffer from one or the other, you soon find out who is really there for you. True friends can deal with your “good, bad and ugly” and can be trusted to assist you in your battle. This is something I value immeasurably. Countless times I have leaned on the positivity and steadfastness of those around me. I have literally been dragged up and out of my head by these wonderful people I call friends, and I cannot thank them enough. I know I would do the same for them in return, in a heartbeat. In the wise words of a famous song, “I get by with a little help from my friends”…

Singing out of tune,
you stand by me anyway
because you’re my friend.

By Sarah ©2018

Prompt: A-Z Challenge, 6 April 2018 – F

Stories by Sarah

Walking Away

Staring into the distance, I’m in disbelief at what has happened. How can someone you have known and trusted for so long, betray you? Turn out to be a stranger? These thoughts haunt me, and I shake my head, literally trying to rid myself from their grasp.

I consider the vast territory in front of me. It’s unknown. I have never ventured this far, nor pushed these boundaries. I lean down, tie my boots, and feeling steadfast on my feet once more, I know my course of action.

Sometimes, you just have to cut your losses and walk away.

By Sarah ©2018

Prompt: Daily Post Daily Prompt – grasp; and also, Carrot Ranch, January 18, 2018 – In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes boots. Whose boots are they, where do they go and what is their significance? Go where the prompt leads.

Poetry by Sarah, Shadorma


Oh what bliss!
A lakeside escape.
Girls’ weekend –
sharing love,
laughter and fun! I’m grateful
for these friends of mine.

By Sarah ©2017

Prompt: Daily Post Daily Prompt – laughter; and also, Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie, Saturday Mix, Lucky Dip – 18 November 2017. Task: Write a Shadorma about an emotion