Sunday, October 29, 2017

La Rentrée

an older teacher-librarian
After more than 6 years of retirement, I have returned to work part-time as a teacher-librarian. The community where I live is experiencing an acute teacher shortage. Contractual improvements and high housing costs have created a situation that the school where I once worked could not open its
library. The parents were concerned that their French Immersion students had no home reading programme. Somehow, this felt like a gap that I could fill for a while.
my October travel table
Since I  retired, I have travelled extensively. I'm not really a "tourist" and I have preferred to spend longer periods of time in Paris or in Oaxaca. Since my husband is not as keen to travel abroad, I have spent more time at home recently. We have our little dog to care for and I have taken an interest in developing community gardens in our residential complex.
In the last few years, I have learned a lot about myself. I am independent, enjoying a significant amount of "personal time". While my mother may say that I am "bossy", I consider myself to be self-assured and self-motivated. While I'm polite and collegial, I'm not a "team-player".  Teaching and learning are my avocations. I have not enjoyed any volunteer work that did not reflect those interests.

So, when the opportunity arose, it seemed the "right thing" was to go back to my old school library
and to "try out" this working thing again. My life experiences and my grey hair reflect six years of ageing. Probably, the six years between 59 and 65 are quite transformational. I've tried a lot of different things and I've learned more than in any other 6 years except perhaps from birth to age six.

As I return to work, I don't know how I will adapt to a 9 to 4 schedule for 2-3 days a week. I have already planned a Winter Break getaway and a trip to Oaxaca in the spring. I don't work the days of my book club or my exercise class. I'll still walk dogs with my brother and go to church with my mum. Monsieur and I are going to make Wednesday our "date day." I may get a cleaning lady or simplify my home routines. I've got a great casual work wardrobe courtesy of six years of reading The Vivienne Files.

This week will be my first three day work week. I do wonder what it will bring. Last week, Reverend Maggie, our minister, spoke of liminality and crossing the threshold. I felt that she was speaking to me.

"It's all part of the adventure."- Brother Bob