It has been several years since I have written a blog for this site. I figure it is about time that I started writing here once again. For now, this blog and my Indigo sea press blog will be almost the same. Please pardon that lack of originality.
It is difficult to believe that it has been almost a year since my last writing. We have gone through some stuff and survived. I can’t say that I’m trying to find myself, because if I don’t know who I am by my age, then I’ve got some real issues (and I probably do, but I don’t want to talk about them right now).
Last year, work got kind of crazy. I teach at a local middle school. 7th grade. That in itself has crazy written all over it. Anyway, the science teacher on my team got sick at the end of the previous year and then did not return at the beginning of the new session. With the combination of doctors, paperwork and the hiring process, it took five months to get a replacement. The substitute was good, but if it is not a permanent situation, the kids go crazier. Well after the new science teacher got settled in, the math teacher turned in his resignation. There were no math qualified substitutes, so I went from 7th grade Social Studies teacher to 7th grade math teacher. This should have been no big deal, since I had taught math for 18 years, but I found out that this uses two different parts of the brain. Now, I’m at the age where lots of my brain doesn’t work as well as it used to, so this was extremely tiring. Well, this year I’m back to social studies and things are a little better.
Along with teaching, my wife and I are foster parents. We had been with our first agency for around 12 years. We had cared for around 22 babies, but over time things in the agency started to change. Changes in focus, management, etc. caused a lot of unrest in the agency. The workers were no longer happy which affected the foster parents. We were very unhappy and the agency kept trying to force us to take on situations that would completely change life as we know it and not for the better. Suzanne and I talked about just getting out of foster parenting all together, that maybe God was telling us it was time to call it quits. Since we knew there were problems at our agency, for the past several years whenever someone would ask us about fostering, we would refer them to a different agency. Eventually, we asked ourselves “why aren’t we with that agency?”. After some inquiring, and a little bit of paperwork, we are now with the new agency, with our first placement. As our ten-year-old said, God might not be through with you yet. Looks like she was right.
Another big change/decision for this year is that I have decided to retire from teaching at the end of this school year. I turned 66 back in November and decided that after 20 years in the military, and 22 years teaching middle school, it was time for me to do something different. Not quite sure what that might be, but I guess I will find out. All options are still open. I do plan to home school our daughter once she enters middle school, but for the rest of my time – who knows? I would love to try my hand at writing again, but I wonder how good a writer I really am. I do know that I enjoy writing and I always believed that you should do what you enjoy and if you can get paid to boot, so much the better. I do know that I will need to find something to occupy my time. I have seen too many people retire, only to have a heart attack and die in their recliner. Besides, Suzanne says that I can’t stay home because it (I) will disrupt her schedule.
Anyway, this is where I am at. May God smile down upon you and the things you seek be found. Have a blessed year to come.
***John E. Stack is the author of several books including “Cody’s Almost Trip to the Zoo.”