Owl wave myself goodbye

Can you wave goodbye to yourself (not permanently I hope)? After today I think I will. Those of you who have been reading my blog for a while will know that the course I teach Β is being closed down due to government cutbacks.

Graduation night was a triumph for our students who have mild intellectual disabilities. The highlight of the night was Steph, who has Down Syndrome. Usually in a wheel chair due to difficulty in walking after nine hip operations, she came down to the stage using a pronged stick. As she reached the stage, she raised the stick in the air like a triumphal sword and walked rapidly to claim her certificate. Not many dry eyes in the house.

The last week was spent helping to empty out twenty years worth of files from one campus office and filling archive boxes. The three remaining teachers and I hugged and exchanged email addresses. Today I went to my office at the campus where I taught. Unusually quiet as the students have finished for the year, sessional staff gone, no phones ringing with queries about next year, it was peaceful. I sat with my take away coffee, emptied my files, copied files needed from the computer and cleaned up notice boards.

I put my keys on the desk, found the security guard and got him to lock the office door. He wished me a Merry Christmas , I got in my car and drove away for the last time. No flowers, cake or speech, no one left to hug or wave goodbye to. No tears shed, looking ahead to what comes next. It’s rather exciting really.

Fare thee well

Fare thee well

At least we can wave each other goodbye

At least we can wave each other goodbye

Nice to see the back of you

Nice to see the back of you


25 thoughts on “Owl wave myself goodbye

  1. Oh so wistful a time … when one door closes another opens. I am looking forward to hearing what your next exciting venture will be πŸ™‚

  2. I think they are giving each other a high five for a job well done, and for high hopes for the future!
    I was a teacher too, in regular ed, so I have an understanding of all the work and energy you put into your job. The world is a better place for it, even if it doesn’t recognize that! Thank you for the service you have given, and I hope some good choices open up for you.

  3. That is so awful to hear. The younger sister of one of my close friend’s has Downs and I know how much the schools and programs have helped not only her but the whole family. I really hope your students can find places to continue to learn and study!

    • So do I, it breaks my heart when I think of the things some families have to go through. If only the Institute I worked at didn’t just value courses that make them money. When I see the new building going on there, it makes my blood boil!!!

  4. With your skills and compassion, there will be a place for you. If not right away, how about tutoring, offering your know- how as an independent? Love you post. Good things are just around the corner…

  5. I felt 😦 for you reading this… but I feel from what you say new horizons beckon πŸ™‚ and whatever and wherever they maybe I wish you lots of luck !

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