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2 and tomorrow

May 30th, 2014 · No Comments · 100 Days Project, College students, family, Musings, retirement, Teaching & Learning, time, Work

It’s tomorrow.  Commencement, and the date when I am officially retired!

Funny thing is that I still have tasks to accomplish.  Please don’t ask about the paperwork that I think is completed — thank you especially to the hubby who got me through most of it.  I have an Incomplete grade which means there’s a 50 – 80 page final project to be handed in by a student in about two weeks.  She had her second child early this month, and we have the ability to arrange this for students in these situations.  There’s some office cleaning, and laptop downloading and clean-up to do by the end of June.  But I realize that they are not such huge tasks.

I really think it will be the middle of August before I really feel retired.  That mid-August day when I realize I don’t have four or five classes to prep for; no advisees who show up at the last minute to register, or various meetings to get in before the first day of classes.  Hmmm…that is going to feel pretty wonderful.

Yet, I feel nervous about tomorrow in a way I haven’t yet figured out.  I receive an award, and I’m nervous about sitting on the platform with the other VIPs in front of everyone, particularly if the weather is hot, as my regalia is wool!  I have to get up, but all I need to do is say thank you.  Maybe it’s because it’s a spot light moment, and I’ve never felt comfortable about those.  I don’t know.

I am so proud that my daughter, granddaughter and hubby are going to sit through all that to applaud for me.  That’s wonderful.

After a second glass of wine, some chocolate, a nice bath and evening of reading the new book I bought today — I’ll be ready.  So bring on tomorrow!


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