Today is the first day of school for many friends and family....and the first day of my seventh year of retirement. I do miss the smell of new crayons and the sweet smiling faces of my students. But I don't miss the early hours (retirement doesn't have an alarm clock). I don't miss writing lesson plans (retirement doesn't have plans unless you want them). And I don't miss the bone tired feeling of the first day of school (retirement takes naps if you want to).
To my teacher friends---bless you for loving them all, bless you for sharing your love of learning with them all, bless you for being the missionary of knowledge that you are.
To my student friends and family---bless you for being the example you should be. Bless you for being the friend you want to be. Bless you for being the learner you can be.