Wednesday, March 21, 2018
SLICE #21- Who I am
"For them it does," he says. "But for those of us waiting to retire, it goes really slow."
I look at him, "Are you waiting to retire?" I say.
"Yep," he says. "I'm done."
I look again. He does not look that old.
"How much longer are you going to work?" I ask.
"Nine more years," he says. "I have nine more years. I have to wait until I am 55."
"Then what will you do?" I ask.
"Work as a technician," he says. "I like working with computers."
And then I do not know what to say.
I am 13 years older than he is.
Could retire pretty soon, if I wanted to.
But I really don't.
I love my job. I love working with kids.
I can't imagine what I would do if I had to retire.
I would probably come back and work as a full-time volunteer.
Teaching is not what I do.
Teaching is who I am.