This Teacher’s Getting Taught

Isn’t it ironic? I grew up in the Air Force and moved on an average of every two years, so my goal in life was to settle down, plant some roots, and stay put. When I married after college, I hit Southwest Florida with a thud and haven’t left for more years than I care to admit. What do I want to do now? Travel! I will say I love visiting everywhere I go, but I’m always happy to come home.

Now that I’ve just “retired” from teaching, I face new ironies–and oh, my–some of these lessons I must learn are difficult. I’ve got this consuming novel dying to come out … and getting it on “paper” is not as easy as I thought it would be. All those students who wrote essays for me should feel quite justified in their complaints!

Discipline and perseverance are the lessons I’m not thrilled to learn, but I’m old enough to know the rewards that wait. Also, I have my first baby grandson who is used to me now since I care for him weekly. How amazing it is to see human development at my stage of life with my perspective! He’s absorbing everything, and I have such tremendous responsibility and incredible opportunity. It’s terrifying and exciting at the same time … so onward and upward I go.