Yesterday I attended a reunion at the high school I worked at for 13 years. I started the second year it opened. It’s a small school and only had grade 9 and 10 the first year I was there. It grew and grew and eventually had a whole new wing built before I left for another school eleven years ago.
It was wonderful seeing so many of my colleagues. Of course seeing former students, as adults with families was also very heartwarming. I was especially overjoyed to see one man there. I walked right by him but he recognized me. He had been in the very first class I was hired to work in. It was an elementary school I worked in for 2 years before making the move to high school. John was in Grade 5 that year. Yesterday he said he had seen me at the school I work at now. His daughter goes there. His daughter is in high school. We’ve come completely full circle. Amazing!
I’ve never minded getting older. I’ve never been one to lie about my age or wish I was younger. I embrace the wisdom and maturity that I’ve earned. I look forward to my retirement in 2 years. That’s when I plan to promote my book. I want to write and paint. I’d like to write and illustrate a children’s book and dedicate it to my grandson, Oliver. I love growing older. I look forward to many more reunions.