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School Starts Tomorrow...

August 14th, 2016 at 08:34 pm

...and I'm not going! Tomorrow is when retirement truly becomes real. It has seemed like summer break for me, so when teachers and students return, it will hit me that I'm really retired.

I have had so many people ask me if I'm going to substitute teach. I don't intend to. I guess it's a way to make extra money, but if I wanted to make extra money, I would have continued working. I subbed when I first started out -- I was told I had to sub and prove myself before I could get hired full time so I subbed and worked a couple of other jobs besides to make it until I was hired full time as a classroom teacher. Then I also worked some freelancing for awhile because back then teacher salaries were pretty darn low.

The other thing that people have asked is what I intend to do with myself. I hope they are just making conversation, but do they really think I have to be accountable to them? I have worked over 30 years in education, and I've worked at outside jobs since I was 16. Before that, my folks had a used furniture business and later an antique shop and it was expected that I help with them so it isn't like I'm lazy. I'm not planning on watching videos and eating bon bons all day. But, I'd like to actually do some things fun that I couldn't do because I worked or didn't have the money.

This has been a busy week. DH and I went to a play at a nearby theatre and it was a blast. Yesterday we went to an outdoor market in a small town about two hours away and enjoyed looking around and then visiting the shops on the square. We didn't buy much, but the experience was pleasurable and something a little different. I have canned some green beans and some tomatoes this week, did some volunteer work at church, and even helped my former principal with something. And, I finished book 66 for this year Friday night.

We ate supper out last night and I told DH this is why I took my lunch all those years, took coffee to work in a Thermos, and we ate at home so much and had so many leftovers...so if we wanted to go out to a nice restaurant and enjoy the experience, we could because we had the money. I'm spending some money as we saw the play and then took the short trip. But, it is money we saved and we paid cash for stuff.

We were talking to another couple and I had posted the photo of my pantry with my canned goods on Facebook and they happened to mention it. The woman informed me she wouldn't can because it smells up the house. Granted, when I canned the small amount of onions we had, yes, it did smell some, but green beans and tomatoes aren't super stinky. I felt like she dismissed me as the poor relative. Maybe so, but I can't see all of DH's hard work in the garden go to waste and I think eating these vegetables is probably pretty healthy for us. I shouldn't let her comments get to me; she usually has something to say that I find hurtful. I'm sure having some tomatoes in a soup or chili this winter will make it all go down that much more smoothly and the hurtful remarks will hopefully be forgotten.

On to book #67! Smile

15 Responses to “School Starts Tomorrow...”

  1. ceejay74 Says:

    Ugh, yes, put that woman's comment out of your mind. People that go out of their way to find something critical to say are just vampires trying to suck the positivity out of your life. It sounds like you're doing a lot and having a great retirement, and canning is such an awesome activity. Even though I don't do it, I appreciate getting canned foods that others have prepared. Smile

  2. Kellyb Says:

    Your answer to the 1st question what you will be doing is "whatever the heck I want!" And for the second question about the canning is "you're just jealous that you don't know how to do it ".

  3. Buendia Says:

    People say some silly things... Teachers are amazing, and you deserve a wonderful retirement doing whatever you want to do! (I am more than a little envious!).

  4. creditcardfree Says:

    How exciting to know you don't have to show up!

  5. snafu Says:

    We're all wanting you to enjoy every minute of your retirement! Life is too short and there are enough challenges to let words from negative Nellies to pass in one ear and out the other! We're all here to admire DH for tending garden and you for taking it further to supply months of canned produce. What fun to visit other communities and peruse their shops and walkways. With fall coming soon, do your various denominal churches and ethnic groups host dinners, musicals and festivals? The people involved put their heart and love into these events and are so welcoming to strangers. I'm so sad that my much loved sister-in-law recently passed as she pushed me into exploring different experiences, food and ways of doing things. It was so much fun to learn more.

    I look forward to hearing about all all your new adventures and things you have time t explore.

  6. MonkeyMama Says:

    Exciting for it to feel more real!

  7. rob62521 Says:

    Thanks, everyone for your kind words.

  8. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    I'm weirded out by the "smells up the house" comment. It's cooking. It's food. It smells good.

  9. VS_ozgirl Says:

    How exciting that retirement is really hitting! You've done a wonderful thing by being careful for so long and deserve the free time to enjoy it!

  10. Carol Says:

    When we first retired, a fellow teacher and I went out to lunch on the first day of school. Felt wonderfully decadent!

  11. laura Says:


    Happy First Day of Retirement!

    On the day that my stepdad should have been returning to school, he and my mom got in the car and drove the same highway, but drove past his normal exit and drove to the beach. He said it was the best feeling ever!

    I do have to laugh at your acquaintance's comment; I do have one child who requested that I make curried chick peas AFTER he leaves for the bus! Some people say the weirdest things ...

  12. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I don't know if you'll be like I was ... for several YEARS after I quite teaching, I still would find myself gravitating towards school supplies, craft materials, or seeing something and thinking "that would be great for teaching such and such concept!" It still happens now sometimes, but much, much rarer. Wink

  13. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Ugh. Can't edit post - QUIT not quite!

  14. CB in the City Says:

    It's the greatest feeling, knowing that work is beginning a new cycle, and you don't have to be there! Enjoy!

  15. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    Enjoy and pat yourself on the back on a job well done.

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