I teach in the district where I live (which happens to be in a smaaaallll town). My monkeys are in school here. Basically, everything we do is here. After 14 years of being two districts away, I feel that my circle is very small. At first, this bothered me. But now, not so much. I love knowing everyone. I love that my monkeys are known. There's something great about a small town, and well, being a townie.
So last night was the big parade. The Clover was to be on the 4H float, and the Middle Schooler was on the wrestling float. I didn't have to worry because I couldn't be with them both because, you know...small town. I sat on the end of the trailer of the 4H float (with two other moms so that none of the kids fell/jumped off). All down the parade route, I could hear kids calling "Clover! Over here!" But in the same way, I heard an awful lot of, "Frau M!!!!" I felt a bit like a rockstar, except, I'm pretty sure real rock stars don't wear flip flops and sit on the back of a gooseneck trailer. I'm surprised by how many more people I know now after only being a teacher here one year (I mean, sheesh, I've lived here for 10). I always said before this year that I was basically a Tiger (other town resident), just I lived a little far outside city limits. All that has changed, now. So I guess when they say, "Go big or go home," I can answer, "I am home."