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Saturday, 8/8/15: Amazing changes in my life

Saturday, August 08, 2015

Hi All,
It's been a long time since you've heard from me and yet, my life has calmed down a great deal.

I retired from the teaching job that I loved and that has defined me for the past 35 1/2 years. It was the right thing to do. The principal I worked for kept telling me that she couldn't afford a reading teacher any more. The plan for the district was to eliminate the position in every building. Our district was adding student test scores to teacher evaluations which meant nobody was going to want the kids I worked with and was best at. The people who had caused me a multitude of anguish were going to select a job for me. Mostly, I was thinking about lying in hospital beds for some 40 days last year and the scares my family had at a couple of my near-death experiences and it dawned on me that "Life is too short" had a personal meaning. I put in for retirement. Things didn't quite go the way I was told--they did hire a "cheap reading teacher" in the building I had worked in (that translates as new, untrained and inexperienced.) I wish them all well and as soon as the principal leaves me alone, and stops with her emails, we will all be able to move on with our lives.

Personally, I am in a strange place. I work out in my gardens daily. I have a vegetable garden, a flower garden, a garden of hostas with other plants and a few other flower and new bush places that I am caring for. It has dawned on me where I was a year ago and I rejoice to be able to pull weeds and to water plants. The mosquitoes and poison ivy have been pretty crazy this year, but I am getting better at managing them. My husband had two knee replacements--one on August 1 and the other on December 1. They left him kind of blue and sad but with a bit of encouragement, I got him to join Weight Watchers with me and to go to the gym at physical therapy daily. He has lost over 35 pounds and is back to his old self. I'm proud of him.

As I look toward my coming 60th birthday next month, I am giving thanks for a lot of things. SparkPeople is clearly one of them. I have a lot of good friends here who haven't forgotten me as I took a hiatus after my life changing surgery and the side trips it took me on. I can't promise my daily efforts here, but I will try and be back more often. I don't want to become glued to the computer or anything anymore. I want to go outside and work and play when I feel the need and there was a lot of responsibility and time commitments here. I am sure that life has a balance and that the important stuff is being active and with family.

We took an awesome family vacation to South Dakota this year. Tomorrow, we are going to "Illinois' largest water park." It has been an awesome summer. I am volunteering at our local hospital 2-3 times a week and in our church's food pantry. I am working with a group of people in our church to start a reading program for the kids in our neighborhood who will no longer have one due to the decisions by our local school district. Mostly, I am catching up at home and I am loving every minute of it.

Sending best wishes to each of you!! Happy summer to one and all!
Gentle hugs,
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    1359 days ago
    Yippppeeee, I am glad you are alive, well, & retired! Congrats on a great career! Sounds like you & the family are progressing well. Lots of continued thoughts & prayers!
    1380 days ago
    I think of you often and have wondered how you were. It is so nice to hear from you. I'm so glad you retired!!! I can't imagine why the principal feels she needs to have any further contact with you. She did nothing but make your life more difficult and it's time for her to be thrust into your past.

    I'm so glad to see you gardening. Glad that your hubby is getting healthier too. I'm sure your illnesses have put a lot of gray hairs on that man's head.

    I love where your mind set is right now. Your life sounds so balanced and that you are at peace. I loved this blog!!
    1381 days ago
    Silvia, wonderful to really hear from you and the changes you have made in your life. Wonderful that you are retired and finding things to keep you busy. Gardening is a wonderful activity. So is volunteering. Just remember to take time for you and your family. Why is your former principle harassing you and sending you emails. Time for that to go away. She is no longer your boss. Have a great day emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1381 days ago
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    So happy for you! You didn't need all that hassle on top of health issues. SO very happy you're back. The Basset sends wags!
    1381 days ago
    Sounds like a lot of good things! Good to see you!
    1382 days ago
  • _LINDA
    You have your priorities right. You belong in your life at home, with your family and community, not here online. It looks as if you are still finding ways to fill your life up with busyness, no vacation, time off for you! I can see you being really busy if you get back into a reading program, trying to replace the one that is being lost. I will understand when you don't show up here much and so should everyone else. Just drop us a line every now and then to let us know of your latest adventures!
    Its hard to believe you are only 7 years older than me. Not that much, really. Not even considered a senior yet (at least not here). May you have many healthy, happy days to come..
    {{{gentle hugs}}}
    PS Being retired means that principal should have no hold over you, time to let her have it, charge her with slander, deflammation of character, whatever it takes to get her to stop harassing you -you have proof -all those e-mails which I assume you have saved.
    1382 days ago
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    1382 days ago
    Enjoyed the blog. Hope you enjoy your retirement.
    1382 days ago
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