Closing Time

"Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end." ~ Semisonic

Four cars.  Two houses.  Two kids.  Three classrooms.  Two different departments. Five content teams.  Four department chairs.

Approximately twelve hundred students.

Nearly a decade.

That's a lot of math for an English Teacher.  But sometimes, there aren't adequate words to tell the story of where you've been ... but that's the beauty of our stories, each piece is a part of who we are and weaves us into who we will become.

I never thought I would stay forever - but I never knew my journey would lead me here.  I learned a long time ago not to make too many plans because life has a way of disrupting those plans anyway.  If you would've told me three years ago that I would be pursuing leadership, I would've laughed.  Out loud.  Really hard.  But here I am.  Moving into an office (that is weird).   Not prepping a pacing guide (really, really weird).  And navigating a new land of acronyms, duties, responsibilities, expectations as well as faces, hallways, names, school cheers, colors and culture.

Two questions continue to be asked:  Are you going to miss the classroom?  YES!  Terribly!  Are you nervous?   Terrified!

But change is good and necessary for growth.  At some point, it's time.

Despite my best effort, I didn't even cry as I pulled the truck packed with my classroom out of West Forsyth for the final time - even as Semisonic's Closing Time came on the radio, the song that kept playing over and over in my head throughout the whole process reminding me every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end.  

Fitzgerald was right - it's never too late.

“For what it's worth... it's never too late, or in my case too early, to be whoever you want to be. There's no time limit. Start whenever you want. You can change or stay the same. There are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you've never felt before. I hope you meet people who have a different point of view. I hope you live a life you're proud of, and if you're not, I hope you have the courage to start over again.” ~fsf

What an incredible journey it's been, lessons learned and friends I've loved ... now, for adventures North!