Every Day Evidence #76 for 2014/15
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Arrival Time: 7:25 a.m.
What a difference a week makes. Not only in the weather but in life. Last week it was cloudy, cold, and rainy. This morning was a “Popeye sunny day!” You know the one – the sun is so bright that when you look up one of your eyes goes shut while the other tries to stay wide open so that you don’t bump into anything.
I was in a rush this morning to follow up on a promise to meet with one of the 4th grade teachers. I said my hello in the office and quickly left the office. The teacher was standing in the hall waiting for me. When I asked if we should head to her room she said “no, let’s just meet in the library.”
The entire West Oakview staff was assembled and clapped their hands to the song “Celebration” as I entered the room. I had been tricked into arriving early so they could thank me for my service to Northview children, staff, and community. They even presented me with a book of retirement advice written by the students and staff at West.
After expressing a few words of thanks, mostly due to my inability to get past the emotional impact I was feeling, we adjourned to the lounge for a breakfast prepared by the staff. The emotion didn’t have any impact on the amount of good food I piled on my plate. Now I know why that staff member was hauling in a slow cooker full of bacon this morning.
After finishing the delightful blueberry cobbler, I headed to the drop-off line. There must have been 20 kids with “Popeye sunny day” faces. I told one girl she looked like Popeye. She turned around, with both eyes fully open, and said “who?” I considered going into the explanation but that would include the words “Olive Oil and Bluto” plus the bell had already rung to start the day.
As most of you know, I plan to retire at the end of June. I am now calling it a move to self employment without regular hours. Since I now have THE book of “Advice for Life’s Next Step” I am able to ponder how to spend my time. Here are a few examples:
- “You could go around town tellin’ knock knock jokes.
- “Go shopping for old man stuff.”
- “Don’t step in the mud because your mom is going to be really mad.”
- “Keep those red shoes clean.”
- “Ride you bike if you still can.”
- “When your house is on fire, jump out the window.”
- “Don’t jump off a horse.”
- “Turn into a kid.”
- “Play in the waves at the beach.”
- “Hang out with your twin brother.” (See an early blog post for information)
- “Go on vacation with your kids and your wiph.”
- “Spend time with your grandchildren and children.”
- “Get a pet cat.”
- “Make some art.”
- “Check with your doctor because people start losing their senses when they are old.”
- “Follow your dreams and sleep in. Dream big.”
- “Life is too short to be BORING.”
Thanks West Oakview. More clips of advice from students will appear over the next few weeks.
Sincerely and With Great Respect,
Mike Paskewicz, Superintendent
Northview Public Schools