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When did you feel that you were "officially" retired?
Old 07-27-2020, 07:05 AM
 
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Was it when you submitted your paperwork?

Was it when you got your first pension check?

How about when you said goodby to your last class?

Mine was today ... I finished emptying my classroom of personal belongings. It's a strange feeling, for sure!


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Retired 6 years ago
Old 07-27-2020, 07:07 AM
 
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I felt retired as I drove away from school on that last day! All my tension was released.
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Officially retired feeling
Old 07-27-2020, 07:25 AM
 
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When I went to say goodbye to beloved, stoic secretary and she broke down in tears. And probably, really officially was when I locked my classroom door for the last time.
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I first felt truly retired when I felt a sense of emptiness during that first summer break. I no longer had a good reason to run around town looking for those great deals for school supply sales. There were no units to develop, no goals to set, nothing to look forward to.

Just a few days ago, at Target, I walked around in the school supply aisles trying to come up with a good excuse for buying something, anything, from there. I had some pens, sticky notes and a pack of Sharpies in hand but reluctantly returned them and walked away with a sigh.
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Old 07-27-2020, 07:55 AM
 
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it just felt like summer. Then once school started the next August reality set in for me. I really was retired.


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Old 07-27-2020, 09:01 AM
 
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I felt officially retired when I received my first pension check. That was reinforced by a day trip to the beach on what would have been my first day of school that next year. I also felt retired when the school supply ads were not something that applied to me any more. I used to love shopping for bargains and looking for things in the school supply stores like Lakeshore in my area. Like Risa, I still occasionally find myself wandering those aisles...
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Old 07-27-2020, 09:12 AM
 
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I retired in May of this year and I'm not sure that I've hit that official feeling yet but last night some coworkers - oops former coworkers - were discussing their progress on the required beginning of year videos (sexual harassment, bloodborn pathagens, etc) and it felt really good to know that I didn't have to do that anymore!
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Old 07-27-2020, 09:18 AM
 
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I felt it was official when I turned in my keys at the end of school year. When friends were getting ready for school to start, I was happily having lunch with other retired friends. Itís such a wonderful feeling!
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Old 07-27-2020, 10:10 AM
 
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The first feeling of peace and liberation came when I received the letter back of resignation with my superintendents signature.
(the first time)

Perhaps a bit of nostalgia when I shut my door for the last time. I couldn't lock it because for the first time in my life I lost my school keys.

Actually I am really enjoying my first summer off where I haven't had to teach summer school in ages.

It might become more real when I remove myself from class dojo and the teacher group text in the next few weeks. . . .
but then maybe not. 🤷#♀️
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Old 07-27-2020, 10:48 AM
 
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Congratulations! There were lots of little moments, but i really felt retired when school started in the fall.


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Old 07-27-2020, 11:14 AM
 
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I knew I was retired when I walked out the front door of my campus for the last time.

I truly felt retired when I did not have to return that first day back for teachers at the end of summer break.

Congratulations on your retirement!
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Old 07-27-2020, 12:32 PM
 
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I realized I was retired when I turned in the keys of my classroom, the teachers' restrooms, my desk and the entrance of the school.
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Old 07-27-2020, 01:11 PM
 
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Iím not sure I ďfeelĒ retired quite yet especially with no traditional lasts due to COVID. I do know that I am feeling oldish since getting my Medicare card in the mail last week!
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re: when I felt...
Old 07-27-2020, 01:33 PM
 
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Good evening to all-

I felt retired for the first time about mid-term of my last year. One day I just knew I was done, and I knew that I was not coming back for another year. It was a different feeling from the usual mid-term exhaustion and anticipation of the next spring's semester- I just didn't care any more.
And when I had that knowledge, everything else was just going through the required motions.

And that was when I felt retired.

good day to all- Ed
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Old 07-27-2020, 01:39 PM
 
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I felt truly retired when some already-retired teacher friends took me out for breakfast that first morning of students being back to school.

For my DH who also retired from teaching at the same time, he said his moment was sitting in the kitchen, on the first day of school for kids, drinking his morning coffee, catching up on the news, then looking out the window to see the school bus trundle on by!
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Old 07-27-2020, 04:45 PM
 
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My hubby and I both retired from teaching on the same day...but we didn't really feel retired until we got the last paycheck in August. And also when all of our friends went back to work in the middle of August, and we didn't have a place to go...it was good but sad at the same time.
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Interesting question. . ..

Today I was talking with one of my teacher friends, and she commented that this was her last week of summer. She returns to school next week. I said, "Really. . .next week?" She laughed and told me it is probably a good thing I didn't even realize it.
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Old 07-27-2020, 06:18 PM
 
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I agree with Tigercat, great question.

It was a somber and significant moment when I closed my classroom door for the last time. I remember it well. But it’s been 4 years and there are still times I’m surprised to find myself retired...particularly when I smile and think, “I can do whatever I want.”
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Old 07-27-2020, 07:30 PM
 
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I really felt it when I didn't have to get ready for back to school in August.
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I felt it in August when teachers had to report back for preservice days before kids arrived. It was wonderful not to be stressed about going back to school and knowing that I could choose how to spend my time. Four years later I still marvel about how great life is as a retiree.
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Old 07-28-2020, 01:58 PM
 
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I don't know that I've really felt it yet, but not having to do those online video trainings is certainly a step closer to that feeling.
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Old 07-28-2020, 04:59 PM
 
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Like others, it was when I realized it was August and I wasn't prepping for a new school year.
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Hi Shandy! I noticed this is your first post.
Welcome to ProTeacher! And welcome to the Retired Teachers Board!

We hope you'll continue to post here and on many other PT boards as well!

Oh! Here is a link to the ProTeacher's Help Center in case you might want to read through it. http://www.proteacher.net/help/
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Old 07-29-2020, 07:15 AM
 
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It was definitely when I closed the hatch of my car with my small load of things to take home.

As I turned to walk to the office to turn in my keys, I saw a familiar face walking across the parking lot. It was a former student who had just graduated. He saw my at my car and wanted to share that he had graduated. He was also the student who came to my class for the first time on my first day teaching at that school. His mother was very pregnant with him and gave birth later that day. He was Our ‘room baby.’ I had 3 siblings from that family and I remained friends with the family over the years.

I knew then that I had retired.
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Not sure I'm there yet.
Old 08-06-2020, 12:36 PM
 
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It feels very strange to see the e-mails from school and not have to pay attention to them. They haven't removed my name from the distribution list yet, so I'm getting all the notes about procedures and changes due to Covid. I keep wondering about how things are going. And, thanks to Covid, I am more or less stuck at home, so not really enjoying the freedom retirement was supposed to bring. It will take some time.
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The question is . . .Do you even understand the emails or texts? I barely

These are unprecedented times and no one really knows their place. It's hard not to feel left behind when everything is moving at Covid speed into a future that will be unchartered waters for all of us. Whether you are directly or indirectly involved with grandchildren, relatives , or friends attending "school" from here on out will have many different interpretations. We do however have the wonderful memories of school the way we knew it that cannot be replicated as we proceed into a new era of learning. I truly believe WE the retirees, are the fortunate ones and only time will tell if we are headed in the right direction.
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