I decided to retire. The thought occurred to me yesterday morning when I had to crawl out of bed, grew stronger when I got to work and had to walk from one extreme of the building to sign in and go to the other end to get to my classroom and became totally obvious after being cursed and totally disrespected by a 15 year old with an attitude. From 8:00 a.m. on, I knew I was done. I just kept asking myself, “Why am I doing this?” All day long, through a dozen different scenarios, I just kept thinking, “Why?”
I didn’t get out of the building until 4:30 again, two hours after my workday supposedly ends, brought papers home to grade and still had to finish up a power point that goes with my lesson for today. Had to run out to Party Outlet to pick up wristbands for a dressdown day at school. They didn’t have them so I had to go to another store. I didn’t have time to work on Andrew’s room. Didn’t have time to do laps in the pool. Didn’t have the energy left to take a walk and my ankles were killing me from pounding the halls all day long anyway.