Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Looking back at 2013
I can't honestly believe that 2013 is over. For me, personally, it was a good year. I was able to take some interesting trips. I had a good six months of teaching and retirement turned out to be a much easier adjustment than I thought it would be.
I think one of my greatest gifts was to really have time to find the beauty in my own city. I have walked many kilometres and taken many pictures finding so much beauty everywhere. I really have tried to be a tourist in my own town, seeking with fresh eyes...reading in a different way...
I only live a few blocks from Queen Elizabeth Park but honestly, it was not somewhere I spent much time. I drove by it regularly. Now I am there at least a couple of times a week. It was so exciting when we had our first really serious snowfall. It's an amazing place of natural beauty right in the city. I will never forget finding a heron totally confused perched on the ice in a pond.
I have kept my connection with school-still volunteering but spending the most time with first graders, always favourites of mine but for the last four years I have taught seventh graders so this has been a change and one I have enjoyed. I went to some great performances at school in December and my respect for teachers just increases. I still love to be around children, but do love being able to leave early with no marking!
There really is a huge world out here and it is fun to be part of it! Happy 2014!