Month: August 2018

Unfinished Business?

Unfinished Business?

I retired from teaching about seven years ago. I was lucky because I still enjoyed the kids and coming to school each day, but there were other things I wanted to do and after thirty years in education, I thought now was the time. I was a pet photographer for a few years, I wrote a book, and I subbed off and on. I was also able to do some traveling abroad, which I love, and was enjoying setting my own schedule, especially when it came to using the bathroom. It’s the little things, I guess, and as much as I enjoyed the kids, I didn’t miss correcting papers or filling out report cards. Now at our house in Maine, where we’ll spend quite a bit of our time, I visited a local school to ask about subbing. That’s when it happened. I was asked whether I’d consider filling in as a classroom teacher for the year.

You’d think that, with plans to enjoy time with my wife, who had just retired from teaching, as well as spending time in New York with our kids and family, and traveling, any sane person would’ve immediately dismissed the idea. Not to mention that bathroom thing. Unfortunately, I’m one of those people that gets caught up in the moment. You might even say I’m weak-minded. I immediately began thinking of setting up my new classroom and the excitement of meeting my new students that first day. I even had activities set for that first week. Then, reality set in. Although I love the idea of having a new class, there’s still correcting, report cards, planning around a school day and calendar, … and masking tape. I swore I wouldn’t use masking tape ever again. So I’ll just wait and see how this plays out. In the meantime, I went on my morning bike ride along the ocean and we’re going to the beach later. I can do what I want and when I want to do it. At least until I change my mind.

Jim