For most of my career, I have been abused and unappreciated, as most teachers are. My goal is to blog about my experiences over the next year---and get it out of my system so I can truly close this chapter of my life.
I told one of the "girls" (Heck, anyone younger than I is a girl, but the two teachers who organized my party are in their 20s.) that I would expect 3-4 people. I was blown away to see it was standing room only with 30 desks taken as well as 4 or 5 chairs, too. Granted, some people came for the food, but many gave food and monetary donations towards the gift cards. I was in awe.
But......I am reminded that God rights wrongs. He takes injustices and eventually turns them around, if one has faith. I wholeheartedly believe that.
Today, I received more gifts. This gift card came from a classified lady, meaning she is a support staff person who doesn't make that much. I feel this was a sacrifice. She said she will always remember me for my perseverance and toughness. Yes, one does not survive 21 years in middle school at 4 feet 11 if she is a wimp. I have already been to the Hilton Head website and see a facial in my future. ON.THE.DAY.I.CHOOSE.WHENEVER.I.CHOOSE
Then, I was gifted with this bag of coffee from a local, on-island cafe. It's pecan flavored. I can't wait to try it alone and again, mixed with my Starbucks Verona for a chocolate-pecan flavor. It will be nice to drink coffee whenever I want and pee when I want! Sorry, but that is NOT a given for teachers, folks!
Finally, my second boss and her husband/pet children gave me this:
It resembles my Snowflake, except she has a blue eye and a green one.
So, I give God all the glory in making this retirement something I will never forget. He began to turn things around three years ago. What he has shown me through this is two things:
1. More people liked me than I thought.
2. He is faithful. I am going out with a feeling of being appreciated for the first time in my life.