It’s hard to own this word. Retiring.
How about R and R – Reinventing and Retiring?
So for now, I’ll own the word and the reality of it all.
My friends and colleagues insisted on making me a party so I decided to have it at our local beer and pizza pub/restaurant where we spend many a joyous TGIFs.
I was overwhelmed with the words that were spoken in my honor. I was speechless – an unusual state for a teacher. However, I did manage to thank my friends from the bottom of my heart.
Nili, our resident poet laureate, read her rhyming, humorous truths about me – mainly the fact that being a red head is not a color but a character.
It didn’t take long for Al Pacino’s definition of retirement: “death with benefits” (Righteous Kill) to put me off the word. It is not an action verb as far as I’m concerned. I prefer to think of the following quote by F.Rogers via Time Ferris’ The 4 Hour Work Week
“Often when you think you’re at the end of something, you’re at the beginning of something else”.
However, as a pessimist, this is not easy for me. But I am trying hard to believe.
Last month I handed in my notice after over 30 years of teaching. I am fortunate that I am not burned out. I have decided to leave because I feel it is the right time both professionally and more importantly, personally. A very dear friend once told me to leave with a smile on my face, and that is just what I’m going to do.
The desire to learn from others, keep up with my YA reading and integrate new activities into my lessons are as strong as ever.
In my posts, I will continue to reflect on my teaching learning until next June. However, I will sprinkle the posts with some musings and wishes in preparation for the new beginnings.
I know the transition from the school schedule to my own will be hard. However, almost everyone I know who has left the classroom is enjoying their new freedom. As a wise friend who began his retirement by reading War and Peace wrote to me, “I don’t know how anyone has time for work.” I wish that feeling for myself.