Hi! I’m Lynn, and I am a teacher. Or at least I was until August of 2010. That’s when I quit, retired, moved on, started over…well, you see that’s precisely the problem. I’m not sure exactly what you would call this thing that I did. What I can tell you is that on August 16th, I made a life changing decision to give up a career I had held for 29 years.
You should know that teaching was my passion. I was an elementary special education teacher, and I can honestly say that with very few exceptions, I loved going to work every single day! I loved my kids, I loved teaching them, I loved my colleagues, I loved the schools where I worked. Even loved my bosses. But as the years rolled on, and the money in special education got really scarce, I was being asked to do more and more and more and more….
Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m no whiner. In fact, I’m pretty darned efficient and can juggle a whole bunch of tasks at once. I can get the day’s lessons started, greet each child, take care of some paperwork, answer a phone call, tie a couple of shoes, stop a fight, speak with a concerned parent, and take care of the kid who is about to puke – all within the first five minutes of my day. I’m not above a good challenge. But in August of that year, my school district made some decisions that were going to force me to become a bad teacher…and that was where the tears began. Because of cuts I was only going to be able to teach my students every other day – Really??????? And as we sat on the patio, me crying and worrying aloud about how I was going to be able to do it, my amazing husband, Jeremy, said the fateful words, “Honey, you don’t have to have a job that makes you cry!” So for good or bad, I gave it all up…
And the Voyage Began
I hope you’ll visit back regularly, so I can share with you the good and bad, the ups and downs, the things we’ve learned, the new beginnings, and the things we’d do differently. Cuz you ain’t even gonna believe what happened next…the day that Jeremy was laid off from his job, and we were BOTH out of work! Holy crap….