Wednesday, June 24, 2015
It's been quite a run.
Today, Elenka hangs up her teaching easel. This morning her alarm sounded at 5:30 AM for school for the very last time. I applauded in bed! Back a few years in the dining room on 409 North Beverwyck Road in Parsippany, NJ, she pulled out a map of the northern New England states, closed her eyes and touched the map 3 times. Her finger landed on Wiscasset, Bath and Portland. She inquired and only Portland had an art opening. She was interviewed over the phone, and soon a letter arrived confirming that she had the job. This morning for approximately the 8,228 time her car will turn into the King Middle School parking lot as the art teacher for the very last time. Back then, she had never been to Maine. After a week at the local YWCA, she made friends with another first year teacher, and awhile later they rented a camp in North Sebago on the lake. It was her first taste of the state. These days you'd be hard pressed to find a piece of this state that we haven't traveled to riding the blue highways.
Of course, these last few weeks have been bitter-sweet.
She loved teaching art to middle schoolers.
But she's excited.
After today, a new, adventurous canvas awaits.
And she's ready to spread some paint.
Happy Retirement to my best bud!
All the best ahead.