Lets face it, people judge other people. When you meet someone, you "size them up". We have various reasons for doing such. They seem cold, bitchy, dim-witted, too fake, and a million other things to NOT like someone. Women, we are particularly bad at this (as a generalized whole). Anyway, I tend to think I have a pretty good judge of character when it comes to meeting new people. However, this week has greatly surprised me.
When you start a new job, you always wonder if you will "fit in" with the current group. There are always ones you like a lot, others you may not care for, and some that you will go all year saying nothing more to than the cordial hello and goodbye. When I arrived one month ago, I was overwhelmed with meeting lots of new people. Most of them were new teachers, like myself. Then, about a week in, I got to meet my coworkers at my particular campus. There is only one other new teacher at my campus this year, so I didn't get much of a head start.
Immediately, I found myself drawn to one or two particular ones. I felt like they were the ones who would have more in common with me. And, of course, I had one or two that I was taken back by. I got the impression they were not the least bit interested in being social, or at least not with me. Now, here I am, a few weeks later, and I was wrong.
The ones I was immediately drawn to, I still am. But, I am finding that the personalities get along, but we do not have a lot in common after all. And, those I thought were stand-off-ish...well, I'm finding I like them much more than I thought I would. I'm glad. It is always nice to make connections when not expected. And, at this point in time, I can say that I enjoy the entire group of coworkers I have. They are all so very different, but all so very nice.