I know some people believe that blogs should be 100% personal or 100% professional. I've never been one of those people. I love reading about what you guys, my MTBoS friends, are doing in your classrooms, but I also love reading about your adventures outside the classroom. I like hearing about your hobbies, your kids, your shopping adventures, or even what you ate for breakfast on occasion.
The MTBoS. We aren't a group of professionals sharing best practices. We're a group of friends sharing what we love. It just so happens that each and every one of us loves math. :) And, along the way, we've found out that we have a whole lot of other things in common, too.
I've made a lot of friends through the MTBoS. Friends who challenge me to think critically about the way I do things. Friends who support me. Friends who inspire me. Friends who make me laugh. Friends who just naturally "get" me.
This post isn't about friends in general, though. It's about one specific friend I've made in the MTBoS. A blog reader who became a tweep. A tweep who became a friend. A friend who became my best friend.
Now comes the time where I tell you that I've been keeping a secret from you since May. A really big secret. The biggest secret I've ever kept. The hardest secret I've ever kept. The most life-changing secret I've ever kept.
You might have noticed a lack of blog posts about Twitter Math Camp. That's because I wasn't at Twitter Math Camp. I wasn't even in the United States.
I guess it's time to properly introduce you to my favorite member of the MTBoS.
Meet Shaun. No, he's not a kangaroo. But, he is the reason I spent my summer in Australia.
Shaun is a secondary maths teacher in Australia who blogs at The Prime Factorisation of Me and tweets as @theshauncarter. A little over a year ago, he discovered the MTBoS and started blogging himself. He caught my attention when he started leaving comments on a few of my posts and even mentioned me in a blog post. I clicked over to his blog and decided to subscribe.
I left a few comments myself. How could I not when he was blogging about stuff like math games, foldables, and cutting and gluing in math class? Unfortunately, Shaun's comments weren't working one day, and I ended up having to tweet him instead of leaving a blog comment. The more we tweeted back and forth, the more we realized just how much we had in common outside of being math(s) teachers. Tweeting led to Skyping. Skyping led to dating. Dating led to Shaun spending his summer in America. And, that led to me spending ten weeks of my summer in Australia.
And, on the day I got off the plane, this happened:
My best friend asked me to marry him. Of course, I said yes. You can read Shaun's version of the story here.
And, there you have it. Definitive proof that Math = Love.