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For 28 years, at least in my mind, I unfailingly showed up to work with a clear sense of the importance, the value, the necessity of it all. Alas, this wretched global pandemic has robbed so many of us of that kind of purpose. My imminent retirement, I occasionally think, could surely be some mild antidote to these dark days, these grim, relentless days.
But… no. As of yet, I can take no solace in the thought of retirement. (Well, maybe some… occasionally.)
I have no idea what retirement will be like. I try to envision those final moments and what they might mean… when the clock crawls and ticks toward that final minute. It will be 3 p.M. On a Friday. And when the final bell rings on my final day, will it bring the same joy it always has on the last day of June for these 28 years? Or will it be one of those “ask not for whom the bell tolls” kind of moments?
When I walk out of the doors, having taught the very last class I will ever teach… what will that walk to my car be like?
Hard to know. Until then… more sheep, I expect.
Brent Rouleau lives in Ottawa.
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