So the following story came from my friend Cory. Cory is a rockstar mom, rockstar teacher, and rockstar wife. (Among many other rockstar roles) No seriously. She teaches 4th grade and we met while going through the National Board Certification process (a big, hard-earned honor in the teacher world). She passed. I did not. It's ok, I got over it quickly. She intimidated me at first, ALWAYS having her ducks in a row, ALWAYS having something worthwhile to contribute, ALWAYS being super organized and prepared, ALWAYS being purposeful in how and why she did things in her classroom. As we got to know each other, though, I realized I could learn a lot from her and we clicked as friends. We stayed in touch after the whole National Board bit and then became moms at the same time. For obvious reasons our 'new mom' titles brought us closer and we've stayed friends since. Cory's husband is a commercial pilot, which sounds kind of glamorous, but it also leaves Cory to pull the majority of parenting and household responsibilities solo each week. In full, honest disclosure: I don't know how she does it. I guess it's a good thing she always has those ducks of hers in a row.
Not sure what came first, the chicken or the egg...