Today is Thursday in Waikiki however it is Friday where I live.
Today, is an important milestone in my life. It’s far from the most important, but a milestone of importance nevertheless.
Today I complete my life as a worker. Close of business, at 3:20pm in NSW, sees me officially retired. For 34 years I have been employed permanently as a teacher in the public school system. From that 34 years I must subtract 5 years as a stay at home mum and 2 terms leave without pay to travel. I’ve used all of my LSL also… to travel, be a HSC mum twice and this year to be a wedding planner, grandmother and myself, no longer answering to bells 🔔.
I filled out ‘separation papers’ to retire. Yes, that’s what they are called and, from the amount of love, sweat and tears I put into my job, it was like a marriage.
I have many fond (and some not so fond) memories of my time and I was a lucky one because I really enjoyed what I did. It was an honour to be part of so many children’s lives as they journeyed along life’s path, hopefully to a place where they love learning. Learning is not something that happens in a room. The room teaches how to use tools to build their learning with. It was an honour to be entrusted by so many parents with their most precious cargo. I was a part of their joy and hardships.
Work is a lot more than just making money. It was an opportunity to make friendships with fellow staff members and I cherish those who are still part of my friendship circle.
So, at 3:20pm Sydney time, 25th October, I will raise a toast to the door that closes. I’m sure I will have a small tear cause that’s me. But it will definitely be a happy tear for I already see that next door creaking open ( I’ve been having a sneaky look all this year 😂)and behind it I can see so many new things and most importantly I see time. Watch out family and friends 🥳😍.