June Reflections

I have been teaching children to read for seventeen years.  This is a difficult but very rewarding job.  This June will be my last at Jonathan Daniels School, where I work, because I am going to retire from teaching, and make kilts full time.  It has always been a bit of a balancing act.  I work from 7:30-3:30, then go and make one lap of Keene, usually hitting the Post Office, the bank, and the fabric store.  Then I go home have dinner, and then start sewing. I work until 8:30 or so, or until I’m too tired to do good work.  The first pleat that doesn’t look right is my signal to quit for the night.

 My job at school is the type of thing that stays there–I do not have to correct papers or anything at home.  If I was a classroom teacher, I would not be able to do what I do with kilts.  The kids are great, but every June I have the same feeling– it’s time to talk to adults.  That is one thing that’s so great about Kilt Camp.  I work all day, but it doesn’t feel like it, because the students are so much easier to handle.  There’s hardly any crying, and I don’t have to remind anyone to be quiet in the hallways.  No lunch duty is a plus, too.

What will I do with all of my new free time?  I have several things in mind.  First, I am going to work on a few of my long-standing projects such as a quilt, a few knitting projects, and some sewing.  Then I’m going to spend some more time in my garden.  There are also travel plans, and I need to spend some time with Katie and her sheep.  It will be a busy time!

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