Tuesday, May 22, 2007

My Last School Portrait


I know you are all sick of hearing this. But, trust me you are not as sick of hearing it as I am of thinking it. What in the world am I going to do in 10 days when I turn in my school keys? Those keys have been on my keyring for 30 years. When all my desks are cleaned out and my paper clips neatly in the little organizer who will mess them up? What about all those little secret notes I have stuck everywhere to remind me of things. Who will find those? What if in 25 days they can't find something and I was the last one to have had it? Which I probably was. For the last 30 years, every school morning, I have stood at attention for the Pledge of Allegiance and recited it over the intercom. I have led the National Anthemn and given the morning announcements. How will people know what to do? Of course, I am being totally silly! I know that someone better, more energetic, a fresh new face, and all that will sit in my cushy chair. Her drawers will be clean and she'll be all organized. I know one thing though. It will be years before someone calls her " Office mama" or "Mrs. Office", or "the Mayor", or "Aunt Lynn", or all the other millions of names I gathered over the years. They never were quite sure what I did but they sure thought it was important. I can't walk down the hall without being smothered with kisses and hugs. If I am in the restaurant, grocery store, church, or anywhere in town I have a following of small children. Unconditional love given out by the tons. It just takes seniority for some things.

9 comments:

DJG said...

really!! I am just jealous!

Lacie said...

Sounds like you had a blast this past weekend!!!! Families are the best!

Ok- I have an idea...I think you ought to run for Mayor of Smithville! You already have a following!!! I would vote office mama!

That Girl said...

I still love on the teachers I had way back then. You'll be getting love for a long, long time!

Anonymous said...

I love the picture ar the beginning of the blog. Looks just like someone I know. You are going to love retirement. You will miss the kids, though. Love you. Nana

Vicky Pruitt said...

Dear Lynn,
You know what? You're going to make it! Read your entries around the time that you retired...Just hit the ground running! It is so scary going through a door to the unknown. Be brave..good things are awaiting you...just go on through the door. I'm so excited for you!! Love, Vicky

Paul said...

That unconditional love will be multiplied for generations through those children you have loved and guided for all those years. God is glorified and your life has tremendous value. Thank you for a life of ministry to the kids.

Oh, by the way, you aren't done yet. The journey continues...

Heather said...

just breathe......

i love you

Snapshot said...

Relax and enjoy. You've worked hard for it. I'll bet you'll find that you are more busy than when you were working!
How blessed are you?

mindy tyndall said...

I think your retirement is going to be such a blast! You already have the best sense of humor and you love to walk into the unknown, and you do that very well, so I believe this time will such a sweet time for someone who loves her family so much and adores all her grandkids and her nieces, nephews, kids, siblings, parents...well more than we can list! (You look cute with the rose between your teeth!) But my favorite is the latest photo! He looks way too sad...and even though you are leaving something you have done for so long, you will be blessed with so many more opportunities in the days to come. By the way, I think Mayor of Smithville sounds cool!
Hugs - M