All that said, I really haven't felt retired yet, because schoolteachers normally are off for several weeks during the summer. It has been nice not having to attend summer workshops or do any advance planning, but I think it really won't sink in until the first day of school rolls around and I have no classroom to return to. It is already weird not buying new school supplies now that the stores are filling up their back-to-school shelves. I can always buy things for the school supply train for needy children in my area. That will help somewhat.
Some of you may be thinking that I should become a substitute teacher. To that I reply, "No thanks!" I have been there and done that, and the lack of respect for substitutes is not something I particularly relish. I hope to continue writing--and perhaps start a business, or get an office job. . .but until then, I guess this coffee mug one of my dear friends gave me just about sums it up. . .
And before all you teachers out there start the hating, remember that you will be at this point someday, Lord willing. I have earned it, and you will, too! Enjoy the back-to-school shopping!