The title of today’s post was for a time the title of my grandmother’s column in the newspaper. I think of her often and recall her words of wisdom and humor fondly, as do most people who read her words each week. She had a way of seeing to the core of people and understanding their needs. I thought of her yesterday when I attended the retirement party for three of our staff members. The comment was made about our principal that he has the ability to “read people” and that talent had often been an asset in dealing with students and parents and staff. Seeing people for who they are and understanding how to deal with them honestly and fairly requires a personality that first of all cares about people and desires to know them. Most of our daily interactions with others would benefit from more of both.
I also had the thought yesterday that thanks to FB and email and phones and easy travel, the retirement of someone who doesn’t even live in the local community is not the “end of the world”. I often read in the old papers about families who moved from Caddo to Wapanucka or Tishomingo and the sentiment expressed was as dark and depressing as if they had moved to the Arctic. I suppose the reality was that some were never heard from again! I’ve also read of relatives from other states visiting Caddo residents for the “first time in twenty years”. Imagine going that long without seeing a friend or loved one. We are so blessed by our advances in travel and communication.
Before the cake was cut yesterday the honorees stood up for photos and a dozen phones and cameras appeared. There are often comments made on the news about our obsession with recording every moment of our lives. I find nothing wrong with that! You know I’m never without a camera and my phone also takes excellent photos. I often wish that I had more photos of my own childhood and even more of my children. Better to have too many photos of people and events and be able to pick and choose from among them than to reach the age of sixty-three and realize you don’t have a single photo of your second birthday.
Yesterday was the birthday of both of my granddaughters. I didn’t blog about them or post funny photos of them because they are both of an age (15 and 21) to either be embarrassed or indifferent to such a post. Neither really has the time in their busy schedules to read my blog anyway. I am so proud of their accomplishments and their ambitions. Good girls and good students! What more could a grandmother ask for?
Grandmother. I am someone’s grandmother. I am at the age now that my own grandmother was when I thought she was “so old and wise”. Three people asked me yesterday when I plan to retire. I have some vague thoughts about it, but I am definitely not quite ready. Though I have plenty of hobbies and activities to keep me occupied, I still derive enough joy and satisfaction from my profession to continue it for a few more years. One of the retirees said yesterday that she enjoyed her job and never had a day when she didn’t want to go to work. I feel the same way. So I suppose the decision has to be based at some point on a balance between my desire to continue teaching and my ability to do so with the energy and enthusiasm that my students deserve. I promise to quit long before I’m limping to work with a scowl on my face! Lol
Those are my random thoughts for today…