Friday, May 28, 2021

I Am Now Retired

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.

The last month has been insanely busy with putting an end to the school year and putting an end to my teaching career.

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.

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