Retiring after teaching in bush Alaska for 25 years

No more lesson plans, or grading papers, no more bulletin boards, parent teacher conferences, open houses, in-service days. No more Smartboard presentations, no more field trips, no more coffee breaks, school board meetings, committee work. No more students greeting me as they come through the door,

“Good morning Mrs. Boggs.  I have issues.”

“You have issues?”

“No, I have new shoes! See?”

New routine — no routine.  Wake up  when my joints begin to ache, get the kids off to school. Read, clean the kitchen, fiddle with my guitar, clean a bathroom. Do some laundry and wonder where the last 25 years went. What difference did I make? What next?

Art is life emulated and illuminated.