Friday, 16 August 2013

one door closes…….

This week saw the end of my 23 year career as a primary school teacher.  That’s nearly half my life!!!!  And although I haven’t been in the school for 2 1/2 years now after my knee replacement surgery, it did hit me like a brick wall, knowing that I’m now ‘unemployed’/ ‘retired’/ ‘resigned’ or all of the above!  You see, my surgery went well, but after many, many years of surgery on the one knee, there’s not a lot left in there……and the constant demands of a primary school teacher (no…….we don’t AND CAN’T just sit on a chair and teach!!!) would have worn the joint out far quicker than it should….the doctor had to sacrifice stability for flexibility when he inserted the joint, so although it’s the best it can be, and you wouldn’t know I had a problem if you saw me, it doesn’t cope well with constant use, swelling and causing pain like you wouldn’t believe!  So……retirement was my only option.  (photo used from http://rozkwalker.com/identifying-strengths) It’s sad, considering I started ‘teaching’ when I was about 4 years old……lining up the dollies on the floor in front of my chalkboard easel………I have done other jobs since then, but it’s been in my blood and heart for a very long time!!!!  But when you’re told by a specialist that the joint will wear out in a couple of years with all that added pressure and more surgery could lead to the loss of my leg (I have big scars that have killed off nerves and skin tissue so the skin could die), no ‘career’ is worth the risk. So, it was with sadness I resigned on Wednesday and closed the door on that chapter of my life…. BUT…. one door closes………another opens…….. and on Wednesday…… 002 (Medium) My very first ‘published’ design arrived on my doorstep in this magazine…….. 003 (Medium) So there’s no sadness….it’s onward and upward!  My skills as a teacher won’t go to waste…….more designing in magazines and in my Craftsy shop……..and who knows what else is in store!!!!!  All I can say is I’m excited to open that door and walk right on through …..can’t wait to see what’s in there!!! BDR Roses_thumb[7] Don’t forget it’s FNSI tonight….if you haven’t already signed up……you can sign up HERE.  And I forgot to mention in all my excitement……the prize!!!!  004 (Medium) My good friend Anthea over at Hibiscus Stitches has donated the four, gorgeous fat quarters for this month’s prize and I found the sweetest (hee hee hee…pardon the pun)  little notebook and clipboard to jot down all the plans you have for FNSI’s to come!!!  So make sure you’re signed up and ready to go…..I’m starting early today….got soooo much to do!!!! And just remember…..it’s Friday Night somewhere in the world *wink*, so you can join in whatever time/day it is….so long as you post about it by Sunday!   I’ll do the draw on Monday to take into account our participants overseas! Soooooo looking forward to it! Sugary hugs :o) xox my signature

11 comments:

Cheryll said...

I'll be there too! and congrats and welcome to retirement... you'll LoVe it! Better get your autograph before you become even MORE famous! lol :)

Sunshine & Fabric said...

Beautiful post Wendy.
Great you could do all those years of teaching!
Congratulations on the pattern release. Well done.
Ready for FNSI....

Susan said...

Congratulations.....on your career as a teacher, and your enthusiasm for the future. Good luck designing.

Allie said...

Wendy....first, congratulations on your retirement, because retirement ALWAYS calls for that. *G* Even if you love your job. Second, congratulations on your very first published design! I love that design, my brother still has his pillow with it. I know it will be the first of many. And I must say that I think instead of a primary school teacher, I think you would make an awesome quilt teacher....even if you did it in videos, from home! Lots of love, my friend, and prayers for a very bright future for you!

cq4fun said...

I started some tonight and will finish tomorrow night. =) It's about half done and I love it!

How wonderful that you have your first published piece on the very day you quit teaching children. That's how I spent 28 years, K-6 grades, but the last half in K-3, which was always my love. I thought I would miss it much more than I have. I guess I was ready to have time for me and the things I want to do - many of which revolve around quilting!

You're going to need those teaching days for designing, stitching, and teaching grown ups!

Charlie and Wendy said...

I hope you (and your knee!) enjoy and benefit from your retirement!! Congratulations on having a pattern published, it looks lovely. xx

Lin said...

Congratulations on getting into print Wendy and good luck with your new career! Enjoy. xx

Val Spiers said...

Wow, retirement is a big step. Clearly you had to take the option best for your knee. Great that you already have something on the go. I love your design in the magazine.

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Maria said...

Enjoy your retirement Wendy and congratulations on your design publication.... Good luck with anything to do in the future

Sue B said...

A well earned retirement, and wow wow wow, a big heartfelt congratulations for being published.

Joy McD said...

All the best Wendy! Well done for being brave to go into a new area of life, and such a fun one too! xxx