Friday, May 28, 2021

I Am Now Retired

The last month has been insanely busy with putting an end to the school year and putting an end to my teaching career. It’s been a great twenty years, but time moves on, and so do we. For twenty years I’ve been a teacher. But now it’s time to say I’m officially retired. As of today, I will spend the rest of my life doing what I want to do, not what some employer wants me to. Twenty years is long enough for anyone.

Two weeks ago, my colleagues threw me a retirement luncheon, with gifts and cash and good cheer. Having your career honored in such a way is touching and something I’ll always cherish. (I didn’t mean for that to sound like a platitude although it does.) When an employee’s time at a company comes to an end, it’s only right to throw them a party, right?

Last week, my second period students surprised me before class with a bag of Starbucks coffee, balloons, and a card. They all wrote messages in the card, and I spent the rest of the day smiling.

After cleaning out my room, I tossed the detritus of my career into the dumptster. I’m sure this photo is a metaphor for something. I’m just not sure what yet.