Britt is Back!
Animas High School art teacher Britt Blasdell and her new baby, Asher Kailani Blasdell have been inseparable since April 25th, 2019, the day she was born. But Animas art students are thrilled that Britt has finally returned to school for the 2020 Spring semester.
Britt reflects, “Honestly, leaving baby Asher was way harder than I imagined. She feels like air to me and the thought of giving her to someone else all day, missing her immensely, made me feel like I couldn’t breathe. Luckily I did miss the liveliness and fun love of all of the teenagers at Animas, and simply being around creative minds and conversation. Between all of my teen and co-worker buddies, my transition back was much easier than I expected. Filled with excitement and love, I came back to a supportive, silly, awesome staff and more-than-mature highschoolers that truly cared and asked about [my] baby.”
Britt, also spoke about being a new parent, reflecting on the struggles of taking care of yourself and another human: “One of the more challenging things is finding time for yourself, (I mean even to eat or brush your teeth..) Being a working mom/dad is most definitely challenging. All of you powerful mamas and papas do it out there, so I can too!”
One of the things Britt appreciates most is the opportunity to be able to spend time with her baby, thanking everyone for their patience: “I really thank you all from the bottom of my heart for being so understanding, caring, and excited for Asher and me, as well as allowing me to take that time off with my baby! You can never get those days back and I beyond treasure them.”
While on leave, Nisty Tharp was our art teacher and we appreciate her so much for coming and fitting right in! She gained so many new relationships with students and faculty and has definitely become a part of the Animas family. She will be coming in every Friday so Britt can be home with Asher. We are all so excited to have Britt back in the art room and so proud of her for being so strong and lively in her transition back!
By Sierra Holiday