This is a question I have been asked several times since May, when I retired from 30 years of teaching public school. I actually left a couple of weeks early due to a surgery I had scheduled before school was out so I could use up the remainder of my state leave days. No, I was not one of those lucky few who accumulate enough days to actually purchase a year of retirement or be reimbursed from their school district. So, I just had major surgery! The timing was not the best for my family, though. The surgery was scheduled the day after Mother’s Day, and had the Lord called me home, it would have made for some difficult future Mother’s Days for them.
All that said, I really haven’t felt retired yet, because schoolteachers normally are off for several weeks during the summer. It has been nice not having to attend summer workshops or do any advance planning, but I think it really won’t sink in until the first day of school rolls around and I have no classroom to return to. It is already weird not buying new school supplies now that the stores are filling up their back-to-school shelves. I can always buy things for the school supply train for needy children in my area. That will help somewhat.
Some of you may be thinking that I should become a substitute teacher. To that I reply, “No thanks!” I have been there and done that, and the lack of respect for substitutes is not something I particularly relish. I hope to continue writing–and perhaps start a business, or get an office job. . .but until then, I guess this coffee mug one of my dear friends gave me just about sums it up. . .
. . .because I will have my feet up for awhile! (And sprinkle in a few home projects that I have put off for years and years and years. . .)
And before all you teachers out there start the hating, remember that you will be at this point someday, Lord willing. I have earned it, and you will, too! Enjoy the back-to-school shopping!