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 and stay put. When I married after college, I hit Southwest Florida 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 retired from teaching, I face new ironies–and oh, my–some of these lessons are difficult. I’ve got this consuming novel that I must write, but it’s 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 if I do. Also, I have a precious grandson I care for weekly. How amazing it is to see human development at my stage of life–and he’s changing 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 here’s to a lifetime of learning!