Retirement - as I indicated earlier- isn't as smooth sailing as one would come to believe. There is a lot of your self confidence and self worth tied up in your profession, especially one that you have to be fully committed to- heart and mind- like teaching. I have missed the people and I have missed the kids. I subbed once a week ago and it was fun, but I determined that the advanced art students should not have me in the building yet. So I am waiting a few more weeks.
A new gig- so oddly and fortunately- I have a former student (who I adore by the way, he was a memorable and favorite of mine) is the editor at the newspaper here in our county. He asked me, when he did that amazing article about me for Teacher Appreciation Week, if I would be willing to do some photo assignments. And I was and I am and I did! I have done quite a few things now, things I have never done much before, like shooting football games, lining people up for formal group pictures and taking pictures specifically for the paper with our demographic in mind. It is interesting and super fun. I have always loved learning new things, and this is cool. And new photography gear #ftw!!
Speaking of learning new things- for reasons far beyond actual comprehension I am using Duolingo to learn Italian and relearn German. I had done some language learning a few years ago on Rosetta, but now I am going in a little more deeply. For whatever reason if I am feeling anxious, I can sit down and plod through Italian for a while and then make myself feel good about my intelligence by zipping through a few German lessons.
An aside here: I can testify that if you want to learn a language WELL, start young. My class in Clinton Schools (WI) was the last class to have German from 4th grade on through High school. We had a German teacher who came in I think once a week or so when we were younger and then you didn't have to take it after 6th grade. I think. Hard to remember. In Jr. High and HS it was a traditional class. I kept taking it through HS, and was not smart enough to take it in college because I was sick of it by that time.... so I tried taking French which was an epic fail- I passed the class but omg, what a nightmare that was. All those people yakking on in French, so you knew they had it in high school. I did not. Anyway, as I go through the lessons, the German that is, I am fuzzy on vocab, but for whatever reason much of the sentence structure is right there. I don't think about it, I just know it. Because I had extensive education in it when I was young.... Italian is hard, you guys. lol But I am working through it. German- which is not a particularly simple language to learn- is easy for me because I had it in my formative years. It is crazy for schools to be cutting languages... but I digress.
Anyway, I have been taking photos and cleaning up my gardens, and generally enjoying the fall. This little post satisfied my need to write for the moment and so I guess I will finish up a few things before I go to the football game here in a little while. Trying out the new lens and all! It's a beast of a lens but it will be perfect for the challenging lighting conditions. Good times! A new way to find my joy.
Bis später, findest du deine Freude!