Days like today make me realize just how much I value my friendships. I can’t even count how many times I have written about my coworkers and how they are some of my best friends. No matter how much I love summer break, the worst part about it is that I don’t get to see them everyday.
About a week ago, the teachers of “Team Kindergarten” made plans and had a potluck lunch today. I got there after camp and everyone had already arrived and seeing them all together after nearly a month was the highlight of my week! Everyone had kids to get home to, or commitments later in the day, so lunch didn’t last for more than two hours and despite the month apart, it was as if no time had passed at all. We all keep in touch and text each other, but it isn’t the same as being all together. Next week, a former coworker is getting married. We will all get together again for his wedding so less time will pass before seeing each other again and I can’t wait.
Many times I have heard that friends and work don’t mix. That is certainly not the case for us. Tonight, I read on Huff Post, that
Camaraderie is more than just having fun… It is also about creating a common sense of purpose and the mentality that we are in it together. Studies have shown that soldiers form strong bonds during missions in part because they believe in the purpose of the mission, rely on each other, and share the good and the bad as a team. In short, camaraderie promotes a group loyalty that results in a shared commitment to and discipline toward the work.
Camaraderie is defined as mutual trust among people who spend a lot of time together. THIS, sums up our relationship and I am so grateful for all of them.