Saturday, 8/8/15: Amazing changes in my life
Saturday, August 08, 2015
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!