I know I haven’t been around for a while but the current situation desribed in the (Now What?) post, has been emotionally draining. The last day I wrote in this blog is just after the day I find out that I would have to leave my current campus. I can gladly say that it is through no fault of my own. However, the fact that this is through no fault of my own confuses my mind and makes the situation all the more painful.
I have often thought of my new friends in blogland, but I just haven’t had the emotional drive to write anything. i keep thiking with all the things that I have seen and experienced this year alone; I could write a series of books or at least a set of vignettes. I have been packing since mid April and I am almost finish. I have been very saddened by the series of events but I know that “nothing just happens.”
Today, we held a retirement ceremony for some people I have worked with for the past 5 years. Although we were not friends, per say, I definitely appreciated their sweet dispositions, honesty, intergrity and professionalism. I have learned alot from them and one them seems to have always shown up whenever I needed a kind word or some help. Each one of them touched me in their own way and their combined 70+ years of service lent a sort of stability to my world and the students whose lives they touched. They will be deeply missed and I cried today for them and for me.
I am sad to seem them go and they are just the latest group of people who were here when I got here and are leaving before me. This campus does not feel the same and without my even asking my mother said without hestitation that the feeling I am describing is a sure sign that it is time to leave. i can not return this place to what it was before; I can only allow myself to be taken to the next level in my life and to wish them continued blessings for their lives.
So, I plan to return and more thoroughly describe the now current situation. In the meantime, I leave you with the beautiful quote that one of the alumni said to the retirees tonight.
“In the scripture there is a verse that speaks to the fact that there is a time for everything under the sun…Your time here has been successful because it was your time to be here. now it is your time to rest…People, educators especially, spend alot of their time at work and we tend to take work home. I say to you now that this is not the ending but a new beginning…It is time for you to stop living at work and tostart working at living”…