New School Shoes

After I retired at the end of the 2013-2014 school year, I found myself at loose ends. Not knowing what to do with myself, I thought I’d give substituting a try… maybe 3 or 4 days a week. I quickly found though, that I absolutely loved it! Although I don’t have the oportunity to really forge relationships with students, like a full time teacher, I still get to help them learn. I still get to joke around with them and help them enjoy being in class. I still have fun working with them. I decided early on that I’d be crazy to not work as often as possible. Why would I stay home when I could be getting paid for doing something I love? After all, I’m not going to be able to teach during the summer or before and after other vacations anyway.

I really enjoy my vacations, and I get tons of stuff done around the house and do some traveling. But, after a couple of months it gets kind of old. I start to miss working with children and going to school every day. My wife came home one day in August and excitedly told me that she saw cars parked in front of the elementary school in nearby Tonganoxie, Kansas. She thought I’d rejoice at the fact that I didn’t have to go to work like the teachers did. I actually found myself feeling a bit down at the news. I really missed teaching so much. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy to miss out on parts of it. But, there’s so much I love about it.

School’s been in session for over a month now. I’ve only been able to work two days last week and three days the week before. Each of those days were magnificent. I was thoroughly jazzed by each group of children I got to help. I’m sure that any day, maybe this coming week, I’ll begin getting jobs every day. I have my new school shoes all ready to go.

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