Sunday, November 6, 2011

Semi-UNretired

So, I have been praying and thinking about what my life was to become upon retirement.  Of course, there is the whole homebuilding thing that has taken up huge amounts of time, but not so much brain...my little husband is the brains behind that job.
I put out feelers for some part time college level teaching and some contract teaching for one of our big energy corporations, but nothing really came of either of them and it didn't break my heart, but I was still missing something.
Then one Tuesday, at Zumba, my friend, Karyn, told me her husband wanted to know if I would like to apply for a tutoring job right at my old school...3 hours each day...my choice of times....
Now, usually while I am doing Zumba, I am counting all the steps and trying my best to keep up, but that WHOLE session, I was thinking about working with kids again...and my heart was happy.
That was about 3 weeks ago.  I talked to my friend, Janice, at school, who will be in charge of the program and then went to put n my bid!  Perhaps it is a sign of some sort that I had to get out a magnifying glass to read the dang bid sheet...it had to be an 8 point font, or less!  Only young people with stellar eye sight should apply?????
Anyway, it had been a VERY long time since I had filled one of those out.  Do I know what my GPA in my undergraduate or graduate programs was????  Nope.  Do I know what my last few evaluations were generally?  You betcha...outstanding, of course!  Yes, that is exactly what I wrote...there is a certain freedom in being retired already...or something.

This job will let me do exactly what I do best...teach kids how to read and to love reading!  None of the other stuff.  I have been excited and the thrill of planning how to help kids came bubbling right back to the surface.

I start tomorrow.  Prayers were answered!  I am thankful...and excited...did I say that already?

New semi-unretired life=tutor in the morning and build retirement home in the afternoon.  Brain and body back in business!
Oh, and there is the whole craftiness thing going on, too....brain, body and heart back in business!

10 comments:

Karyn said...

This post brought so much joy to my heart! (And my hubby's) When he first told me to ask you about the position, I wasn't sure it would be something you would be interested in, but I asked anyway. Of course, I knew you would be perfect for the job. Those are some lucky kids.

Have an awesome first day back! I can't wait to hear about it tomorrow night. :D

Donna said...

Yeah. I am way more nervous about teaching the ornament class than the kids! WAY more!
And thanks...for asking and for believing in me!

K said...

This is perfect. I knew you wouldn't be able to quit cold turkey. When you are working with kids, you feel the wind of life all around you, feel it against your face as it passes. This is what you were made for. Anything less is just waiting to die, somehow. So I am glad. I am very, very glad. I know you are probably sleeping about now, fueling up for tomorrow. My dad quits at 8:30. And tonight, I am going to also. KISSES and hugs. And deep congrats.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Donna, I am SOOOO excited for you!! Things that make your heart that happy should never be denied. Hip, Hip, Hurray (sp?)!! I'm dancing a happy dance for you! blessings ~ Tanna

Karyn said...

Ah, you'll do great tonight! Now you know how I feel every now and then at Zumba. :D

nerospostandpatch said...

Wow Donna, I's so happy for you! That will be so perfect to have a little bit of all the things you enjoy to do! Good luck!
xxx Teje

Donna said...

Kristen...I do think I need to be in the swirl. Not sure why teaching adults is so much scarier to me. And, I don't think I want to do this until I die...but it is absulutely perfect for now!

Donna said...

Karyn, I'm glad I'm not the only one who still gets nervous.
Tanna and Teje....thanks so much for sharing my happiness and doing the dance!

W-S Wanderings said...

Dang it, I'm late for such an important post. Okay, well...please accept my hearty belated YAY, YAY, YAY!!!!!!

Donna said...

WSW - it is proving to be quite fun and a nice challenge! And I get to go home at noon! What's not to like?