|I have studied history through travel.|
Yesterday was the first school district Professional Development Day that I have attended in more than six years. During those six years since I was employed as an educator, I have been a learner.
I studied Advanced French at the Sorbonne, Spanish in Mexico and assorted topics with my husband at Ageless Pursuits. I was a pilgrim on the Camino de Santiago de Compostella, I volunteered as a tutor and as a library assistant in Oaxaca, I wrote a blog (on a more regular basis) and I wrote a children's book (unpublished but I could use it as a teaching tool). I won't go on but when I look back, I've certainly progressed in my experiences and in my education.
|I have learned about my genealogy.|
So, why am I a bit intimidated by some new technology, catch-phrases and acronyms? I overheard some teacher-candidates (used to be student teachers) talking about they considered "old". Okay 40!!! It's funny but probably at age 23 or 24, I would have thought the same. Most of the "ignites" (I had no idea what an ignite was) were about the value of play in learning for children of all ages. Not a new concept..On to the teacher-librarian session (only 2 faces that I recognized) where I was introduced as a "very experienced t-l who had returned to rescue a school library". I am starting to feel like Methuselah.
But, I took my morning's learning about searchable databases for elementary students and I planned a unit of study in French on media awareness. I learned how to take a screen shot and to Airdrop the material into my colleague's box. I am a "progressing" learner with the technology and I am trying to figure out my relationship with the rest of the staff. Will I go to the Christmas staff party? I'm personally at a very different stage of life from the rest of the staff.
|I plan to attend more evening theatre or musical events this year.|
Something that I have enjoyed (mea culpa) is the unexpected financial windfall. As a retired woman, I have had a carefully edited wardrobe. I have not bought "dress shoes" for years. My husband does not "dress up" and I gave up my subscriptions to opera and theatre as I was travelling so much. This week, I bought a pair of Beautifeel dress pumps and an indigo lace dress by Gilmour, a Vancouver design company. I shall wear my dress throughout the year. Perhaps, since I will not be travelling (except in school holidays), I shall treat myself to some extra evening outings. I've looked at staying at a downtown hotel for a week-end (by myself) because I am already missing "alone time".
Another confession! I am cranky at home because it seems that I am never in the apartment alone.
I am a morning person so I don't come home at four in the afternoon and start a project. My husband goes out generally in the evening for music but I fall asleep (not my puttering time). As I have been writing, Monsieur keeps speaking to me and I feel mildly irritated. Book club is Monday and I have barely started reading...I am making a giant salad for Lunch Club at work (team-building activity)...
Christmas is coming and my decor is still Thanksgiving...I promised a friend that I would donate some unused toiletries to a transition house so I should curate my bathroom vanity.... These are all activities that take personal attention. Right now, much of my energy is going to making the adjustment to regular employment.
Yesterday, a few former colleagues (younger) marvelled that I looked healthy and asked if I would continue working. Forever??? Probably not! But it is a journey down a different road.