Mrs Chiarelli is no longer a political widow. Janet was always a great help + my numbero uno supporter. We will go celebrate my retirement in London + Paris. More on our plans later.
I am retiring from active teaching, but once a teacher always a teacher, I figure. My blogs will continue. I will be on reduced hours during the summer, but I will still be here. There will be teacher union news links, most of your regular features, and some other fun summer things too. Come fall I will be back on line with you. However I look especially forward to sleeping in on the first day back to school for the first time in over 26 years. Ha.
I invited our OECTA TSU union executive circle to come to my retirement bash. In my own way, I love them all! Course they might not have often known it! ;-)
My retirement activities over the past few weeks as I wrapped things up at the union office and school were quite interesting. As I`ve said before, I have been away on a leave. OECTA TSU has a big party to honour our retirees at Fantasy Farm each year. All the retirees wear a Hawaiian lay. So in effect you get laid at Fantasy Farm ... hmmm. Anyway, no prizes or awards for me. Ha. I did win the first and probably only Grand Poohbah award at a small executive party we had later on at Mikamodo`s restaurant up at Highway 7 and Weston. The venue was my choice .... all you can eat Chinese and Japanese food. Very tasty. Reasonable. Table service. No hurry. Nice space.
I dropped into school this week and cleaned out my office. Finally, everything, out into the garbage! Well there were some things I passed on, like my 3 hole punch. It was such a relief. I`ve always wanted to do that. Quite frankly the situation at my school has been unacceptable for far too long now. It was very empowering to reach my 85 factor and say Arrivederci!
It was genuinely touching to say goodbye to all my friends and the staff at McGuigan from over my 21 years at the school. It is the good memories that sustain me. In time the bad stuff quickly becomes moot. I don`t carry that with me. It`s like a cancer that just eats away at you from within, if you do. Same with my union friends and foes past and present. I live. I learn. Life goes on. Anyway I ramble. My final words, speech: a quote from the immortal Dr. Martin Luther King;
Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty I am free at last!
And those of you who remain, go on fighting just the same! Hey! It`s summer! You can relax! Let the little lovelies parents have them for a while. People scoff at our grief in handling a full class of them, now the shoes on the other foot. `However, they only have to deal with one or two usually, their own. It`s time for some parent student bonding. Indeed!
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