When I’m preparing meals I often slip a familiar movie into the disc drive of the computer that sits on my kitchen desk. The day after my retirement party, my selection was one that many women who read this will find familiar, as will many men since they’ve probably seen it under duress. It was “You’ve Got Mail” with Meg Ryan (yes, guys, it is a chick flick; but hey, Tom Hanks co-stars...). I was peeling potatoes when I heard Jean Stapleton's character say, "You are being very brave. You are daring to imagine that you could have some other life."
It really has taken a fair amount of bravery for me to walk away from the career that I’ve loved. The passion to help little ones become successful readers gave my life shape and meaning; in short, I felt useful. I’ve been a teacher since 1978. It truly is a challenge to imagine that I could have some other life.
A dear friend wrote these words to me in her own hand, “Your teaching days are not over, but perhaps in the capacity with which you have become accustomed, they are. God dreams bigger than we can ever dream, and He has plans for you…I feel great peace as I think of the coming years for you. There will be new endeavors and new opportunities to teach and to learn.”
Life is full of transitions, and most of us don’t like this fact. We would prefer to attain a place of comfort and safety and clutch it to our hearts to keep, but we are not allowed to do so; sometimes there has to be an ending before there can be a new beginning. As another close friend said to me, “A chapter completed does not mean the story is ended.”
Here’s to new beginnings!