We are packed and ready to leave on our ROAD TRIP, but I wanted to get in here and send a toast out to all of us... those, like me, who retired this year, and especially to those who have gone before and made our way easier by sharing their thoughts and wisdom - a special toast to you.
Here's to all of us in the land of 7 day weekends... and all children left behind!!!
For all the hearts that you have touched, noses you have wiped, tears you have dried, shoes you have tied, lessons taught, papers graded, parents you have met with, principals dealt with I proudly raise my glass to each of you!
Wow!!!! I am so happy for all of you!!!! When I read this board, I see such happy and calm posts. I can just feel your happiness now that you are retired. Best wishes for this next stage in your lives. May you rest, relax, travel, pursue your interests, and have great visits with friends and family.
Congratulations on all your accomplishments - big and small.
Take a moment to appreciate your selfless service to others, the tricky waters that you have successfully navigated with parents, students, colleagues, and administration, and the seeds of learning you have shared throughout your career - not just with students, but also, with fellow educators.
Your numerous contributions will be remembered!
Time to celebrate!
A huge congratulations and thank you for the many years of dedication to the teaching profession. While you are never really "retired", you now get to enjoy the best parts of life and not being "institutionalized".
Those of us who are solidly in the retirement camp welcome you and hope you stay onboard with us and sharing!
Give yourself time to adjust...
Gift yourself with a "what gets done today, gets done" schedule...
Present yourself with relaxation and time to travel...
Extend to yourself a new sense of freedom...
Power up on what truly feeds your mind and being...
Extend to yourself opportunites to grow in a different direction...
Embrace for yourself a new lifestyle...
Remind yourself to come back to this board and share.
Blessings, hugs, and best wishes to the you the Class of 2013!
PS All new retirees are invited to join the Retirees' Reading Nook listed under Active Groups.
Congratulations and Best Wishes to our new friends, the Class of 2013! Enjoy new experiences, quiet time, family, travel, sleeping in, and doing whatever YOU want to do! I am happy for you all! Here's to YOU, Class of '13!
Cheers to all of us! I am so glad to be a part of this wonderful group! .... I think my attachment, if it shows up at all, might be sideways. I'm not sure why this happened or how to fix this. Sorry! It must be my relaxed state!
Wishing you much health and happiness as you celebrate this milestone in your life. I reached 25 years in my present job and can retire with a full pension and health benefits next year as a result. Not ready, but it's nice to be able to finally contemplate it. Best of luck to you all!
No more lesson planning, grading, staff meetings, professional development that makes you wish you just had the kids that day instead, no more unreasonable parents, no more evaluations, no more weekends that fly by, no more Sunday night anxiety, no more sinking feeling as fall approaches, no need to travel when the rest of the country is traveling too, no more pendulum swing of the best way to teach, no Common Core Standards, no more standardized testing and . . . NO MORE MONDAYS! (you can still have the day, it just won't have the same power over you).
I hope you are able to squeeze every drop of joy from your retirement!
Thanks for all of the toasts and well wishes. I am so excited to be retired and in the class of 2013. I am so looking forward to all the things I have not had time to do: read ( one of my absolute favorite things), write ( I wrote the first draft of a novel last summer and haven't touched it since until today, sew, work in my yard ( it needs serious attention. I worked out there 2 hours today), spend more time with DH and just sit on my porch and watch the birds and chipmunks!
No more: lesson plans on Sunday afternoon, no more updating my website ( That parents did not bother to read), no more observations, report cards, staff meetings and crazy inservices and so on!!! Yay!
Last edited by Tapnstitch; 06-17-2013 at 10:56 AM..
You said it all! I just retired this year and i am loving every single second of it...it was the best decision i have made since i decided to accept my first teaching job back in 1977. I have a new life with a sweet grand baby to love along with spending more vacation time, which will not be during the summer, with my wonderful husband of 34 years. Thank you for all your well wishes..........