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Re: [teacherartexchange] Thoughts on retirement, please!

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Aartteachr_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Tue Jun 06 2006 - 20:17:23 PDT


In a message dated 6/6/2006 1:52:02 PM Eastern Standard Time,
InertiaKat@aol.com writes:
Hello, all--

The 2006-07 school year will be my 30th--and probably last--year of teaching
art at the middle school level. I must say, however, that I am really
SCARED
to retire!
Irene,

I've had some moments of "scared" too when I think about retirement. I am
still teaching high school at 66. I plan to go to 70 if my body cooperates and
I still love what I do. I teach with people who can be my grand-children.
Frightening thought. We joke about it and I call them "Sonny" and "Dearie".
They see me as their contemporary, not oldster.

My school will probably let me teach more the advanced classes two or three
days a week. We actually have a Chem. teacher /former principal that does
that at 69. If the brain is still sharp and we love what we do, why not?

I have two choices: Go back to doing Hospice Nursing part-time (I got an RN
degree when they were cutting back on art programs in the 70's). Better yet,
I'd take some advanced art classes at the university, paint and exhibit in
national juried shows again as I did when I was doing nursing. I'd love to
take up jewelry making and sell my work at art festivals. I'd teach art to
underprivileged youngsters at a community center.
If I have the money, I will travel with Hubby.

My dad was 89 and still sharp when he died. My grandmother was 90 and still
with it. It all depends on my body. I am trying to get serious and treat it
kindly. The young 'uns today are much more health conscious and smarter about
exercise and weight. Wish I started earlier.
Still Kickin',
Marsh- The old gray mare in Orlando

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