I had dinner tonight with a group of friends. We all have been teachers in my district, though several are retired now. We worked in different schools. We first started getting together for coffee after school years ago to share teaching ideas and talk about school. Through the years it has become more of a social get together, and we meet for coffee one month and dinner the next.We do still talk about school, but there is more talk about grandchildren than students now. Tonight the conversation took a different turn. One in our group shared a very personal struggle. And I was reminded how we just never know what others may be dealing with. We really need each other as friends to listen and care.