120 days post-retirement update

Saturday evening, I took Sadie for a playdate at the home of a former coworker. Big Girl loved the expansive yard and promptly made herself at home. While the dogs and kids played, my former coworker filled me in on how the school year was shaping up. I am definitely missed. My replacement is doing the best she can given the circumstances (no para, little direction, constantly changing priorities – same things I dealt with last year). Suffice it to say, my friend verbalized that I’d definitely made the right decision to retire when I did. I look so happy. When I returned home, I had a FB message from a former colleague who shared that she’d had enough and would be joining me in retirement sometime between Christmas break and the end of the school year. (She’s also a fellow sewist!) I am not one to “never say never”, yet I am now pretty confident that my school library days are behind me for good. So much so that I do not plan to renew my teaching certificate when it expires next June.

I do miss working in a library. Fortunately, the Smyrna Library has finally decided to take me up on my offer to partner for ‘tween and teen craft classes starting in January 2023. The youth services librarian and I brainstormed some STEM related craft activities back during the summer. She pitched them to the higher-ups and we got the green light to move forward. I am excited to be teaching outside my home studio once again!

One year ago, my husband informed his boss of his plan to retire in March of this year. At the time, I could only daydream what retirement for me might look like. Our plan was for me to work another year before I retired. How quickly things can change! Life four months after retirement doesn’t exactly resemble the daydream, but that’s okay. The reality is much better! I look forward to what the future has in store!

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