|My classroom near the end of school...|
As last reported I left school as soon as I finished teaching my last class to go to Quebec for my high school reunion. A couple of weeks later I returned but I didn't have the heart to face my classroom until the first of August. It seemed to take forever to sort and clean out and I left a lot of materials behind in the end, but quite a few seem to be in my attic as well! I still hadn't finished the process when I left for a couple of weeks in California. Finally a couple of days after I returned I dragged eight boxes home.
I have made it through the first couple of weeks of retirement. I have to admit it seemed strange in a way having an extended summer vacation. I haven't had a free September since I moved out here 33 years ago. I found myself thinking back to that time. I had been paid to quit my position in Quebec due to a surplus teaching situation due to changes in language legislation. I had just finished my master's degree during the summer and with my husband starting a new university teaching position and having to finish a doctorate at the same time I didn't bother applying for a teaching position until I got here. I also was perhaps contemplating new career possibilities etc.
I missed my friends, family, and my old school in Quebec but it was exciting to be living in a new city. We were basically house sitting a beautiful big old apartment in the West End right at Nicola and Beach so I had a view of the beach from the kitchen and in easy biking and walking distance of Stanley Park, Granville Island etc. I took advantage of my free time volunteering at the Planetarium Gift Shop, taking quilting lessons, etc.
|Classroom after cleaning out...|