What not so say when someone is retiring from teaching in 30 days…
“I can tell by your face that you are ready to retire, today!”
“Exactly how old are you?”
“You’re my mom’s your age…she needs to retire just like you do.”
“My mom says she doesn’t trust the Illinois pension plan. Will you be able to make it?”
“I just bet you can’t wait to get outta this place!”
“Did the principal make you retire?” (this from one of my little ones, just today)
The only right thing to say…
We will miss you and love you and wonder how we will do it without you!
Thank goodness, I’ve heard the latter much more often than the former, this year. I guess my best piece of advice to anyone going out in the next few years is this: don’t put on your cheater glasses in the morning, to look at yourself in the mirror, love, love your students like you always have, keep on writing…keep on reading…keep on smiling!
PS After the ‘slice’ March challenge my new job kicked in at church and my spring class at Judson just started (9 wonderful women). I’ve been doing lots of writing and building a team of people to work with. God is good. It is hard right now to get it all done, but with his help, I know that I can.