The summer is officially over by my standards. Michelle has returned to work. Last year at this time I would have been just getting into the swing of things after my honeymoon period with my students. Reading stations would be in full swing, benchmarks would be set, behavior interventions under way, scrapping organization techniques that flopped, my fellow teachers know what I'm talking about. I would be on a double dose of caffeine every day and begging Michelle every morning to hit snooze to no avail. It's not last year though, I've retired and am in a whole different world. A forewarning to those who may already have a tear in their eye, this blog post isn't for dwelling on the past. I will always be a teacher as I've said before, my curriculum and environment has simply changed.
My days begin differently these days. I give Michelle a quick kiss before she leaves and then I sleep for three more hours before my PIC (Partner in Crime) comes to help me with all the physical shit I can no longer do. My PIC, Emily, is really more of a blessing God provided me for my next chapter. Em cleans the house, waters the plant, feeds me, does laundry, helps me run errands, plays with Wrigley, the list goes on. She is a stress killing superhero. Em frees me up to focus on the priorities. Students needs used to be priority number one for me, now my priorities are much simpler.
Now I focus my attention on Love. Keeping in touch with those that I love. Telling them I love them, showing them that I love them, and connecting with those that need more love. I spend more time reading God's word. I brainstorm ways to advocate for those with ALS and for families in the Stateline area that need love and support. I also don't waste my time on bad TV or music. I've caught up on shows, and discovered excellent musicians. Don't get me started on my awesome Fantasy Football teams. I eat what I want and only drink great beer, I ain't got the time for sub-par cuisine and crappy beer.
I know there will be days when memories come creeping back into my mind and make me feel sad, but that ain't today. I've got a new curriculum to follow, a curriculum that is ever changing, a curriculum bursting at it's seams with Grace.