dVerse Prosery – Retirement Decision

For today’s dVerse’ Prosery: Write a piece of flash fiction or other prose up of up to or exactly 144 words, including the given line from the poem.

These are the things they don’t tell us.
– Girl Du Jour, from Notes on Uvalde

I hadn’t made my final decision as to whether or not to retire in 2019. I kept an ongoing list of pros and cons. Being who I am, I still went to every staff meeting and every workshop requested. You don’t change who you are after 35 years.

A police officer came to instruct us as to how to respond to an active shooter on campus. We watched videos, learned the protocols, and practiced drills. Depressed by our new reality, we participated attentively.

I had the only classroom on campus with an outside door to a parking lot, not behind a locked gate. I had to keep path to the door free because of the fire department.  I asked the officer, what, if anything I could do to protect my students. He didn’t answer my question.

These are the things they don’t tell us.

Lucky Dip – Nov 6 – Retirement

Lucky Dip – Saturday Mix, 6 November 2021 - featured image

Sarah says, “For this week’s Lucky Dip, I have reached into my mystery bag and pulled out a Trinet. The topic is up to you!

Trinet – The Trinet, created by zion, is a form with these specifications: Line 1 – 2 words Line 2 – 2 words Line 3 – 6 words Line 4 – 6 words Line 5 – 2 words Line 6 – 2 words Line 7 – 2 words Repeat this pattern 2 more times, if centered correctly it looks like three crosses.

Joyful    Retirement
Unforeseen Pleasures
Certainly  not  what was expected  before
Living with no requirements or procedures
No   clocks
No  alarms
No     bells

Sleeping     In
Swinging Outside
Doing whatever I feel like daily
Plans can change on my whims
Deep  Breaths
Long     Naps
Lazy     Days

Petting  Annie
Baking  Treats
Creating   peaceful   times   in   my   gardens
Sewing special gifts, scrapbooking my photos
Purging Clutter
Redoing Rooms
Enjoying    Life

#SoCs – Pack/Unpack

socs-badge-2019-2020Linda has presented us with another prompt for Stream of Consciousness. It requires us to use her promt in a free form writing activity.

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “(un)pack.” Use “pack” or its opposite in your post. Have fun!

To see what the rules look like you can go here.


When I think of packing, I am reminded of the chore I had once I retired. My classroom was filled with so many items I was completely overwhelmed. After 35 years, it was time to empty my room. I had been packing and giving away things for a couple of years.

My work husband was the beneficiary of most of my lab materials. I labeled and packed up the labs by topic so he could find the items he needed as he taught his lessons. I also packed up all my seventh-grade materials and gave them to the teachers who might be able to use them.

I packed up papers and materials that I thought my daughter might be able to use, either in her classroom or for my grandkids. She had fun going through the boxes. She took more than I expected which made me happy.

I packed up three large boxes of books and took them to the computer pod for our core students to take. They were funny about getting to take home things that had been in my classroom bookcase. Almost all the students accepted my offer. I was thrilled that over 150 kids had a book to take home. The leftovers were packed up and sent to the other 6th grade core to be given away. I boxed up some games from my class to be given to a nearby school.

Then I had the daunting task of packing everything else I wanted to keep. I brought carload after carload to my garage. It was filled with the remnants of my teaching career. As I brought in the last box from my car, I wondered how long it would take me to unpack the items. I also wondered how long it would take me to realize how much of the stuff was worth bringing home. Or should I say how much was not worth bringing home.

Happily, I have unpacked all the boxes. I have spent a small fortune sending off the majority of my school materials to my cousin. She lives in a rural area where many families homeschool. My spouse took a few trips to Canada driving through MI to also drop off items from me. Delicate and heavy items were packed up and delivered to my cousin. She was grateful to receive my accouterment. She kept items for her grandkids, then doled out the goodies to grateful families.

While I was going through my school boxes in my garage, I decided to also pack up toys and books too young for my grandkids. I sent an email to my former school staff to ask if anyone wanted my items.  I dropped off six or seven boxes to a nearby preschool. I mailed off books to friends and family with little ones I thought might enjoy them. I packed up the last few toys and delivered them to a thrift store I enjoy visiting.

By the time I unpacked, repacked, delivered, and gave away all the unneeded items in my garage I was gleeful about the empty space that was left. I have no intention of refilling my garage. In fact, my current goal is to lessen the amount of unneeded items all around my house.