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New Beginnings

December 23, 2022 am31 10:10 am

Yesterday was a big day.

I visited with a relative. We had been pretty close. And then there was a “thing” – a disagreement where I should have stepped in, but stayed silent, and we were both angry, and stayed angry – and almost thirty years have passed since that day. I blame myself. But yesterday I visited, and it was so nice. No regrets, just moving forward. I will visit again.

I have been on terminal leave since the day after Labor Day. Yesterday I filed papers to end my terminal leave. Effective January 3, I will be retired. I have been working for New York City since 1986, for the Board of Education since 1997. Not particularly long, as these things go, but long enough.

I told a few stories in the spring, about the beginnings of my career, and events along the way: Beginning. Applause. Union offices. Sailboat Ride. Subbing. Revolt. I will, in time, tell more.

And I will do something – not just write something – to mark the milestone. But later. When it is warmer.

For today? I did not want the event to pass without mentioning it. Walking out of school for the last time in July felt like a big deal. Filing the papers yesterday did, too.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Marcia Biederman permalink
    December 23, 2022 am31 10:43 am 10:43 am

    Congratulations. It’s a big life change. Transitions—even positive ones—take some getting used to. You’ll have more time for writing, and I look forward to hearing more from you.

    • December 23, 2022 pm31 2:30 pm 2:30 pm

      Much appreciated, thank you!
      And yes, more reading, more writing, those are high on my list. They take some adjustment though!

  2. Mea Ambrosio permalink
    December 23, 2022 pm31 1:57 pm 1:57 pm

    Congratulations 🎉🍾
    I was on terminal leave and just retired this past Nov. 9th. All the best.

    • December 23, 2022 pm31 2:38 pm 2:38 pm

      Thank you – just ahead of me, huh? Any hints on what I have to look forward to?😀😀😃😄😎

  3. James Eterno permalink
    December 23, 2022 pm31 2:25 pm 2:25 pm


  4. Shawn permalink
    December 23, 2022 pm31 4:39 pm 4:39 pm

    Congratulations it’s a big deal!

  5. silence permalink
    January 10, 2023 pm31 12:16 pm 12:16 pm

    the photo reminds me of the end of the movie silence of the lambs when the final shot shows Anthony Hopkins walking amongst the locals

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