Goodbye/ Hello

by Camellia Staab May. 29, 2018 1335 views

Today, I say goodbye to a profession that's been part of me for 20 plus years.

Today, I say goodbye to the dedicated teachers who have worked side by side with me.

Today, I say goodbye to the classroom that has been my home for the last ten years.

Today, I say goodbye to this building.

Somehow when I thought of writing this post, the book Good Night Moon popped into mind.

Most probably, many of you have at one time or another read this book to your child or even grandchild. For those of you who have not heard or read this book, Good Night Moon by Margaret Wise is about this young bunny whose bedtime ritual is to say good night to all the familiar objects surrounding his room.

Today I need to go through that same ritual by saying goodbye to all the familiar settings that have been part of my life for the last umpteen years :).

Should have taken pictures before I packed my room....oh well hind sight's 20/20.

Should have taken pictures before I packed my room....oh well hind sight's 20/20.

Not packing my books, going to donate them to the next person who resides in this room.

Not packing my books, going to donate them to the next person who resides in this room.

It's been a great ride!

"It’s time to say goodbye but goodbyes are sad and I’d much rather say hello. Hello to a new adventure." (Ernie Harwell)

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Berckmans Peter 2 years, 10 months ago

You made it,congratulations. Giving many years to the young is a very worthy cause. But now it is time for you and do what you like. Enjoy your free time. Hope to join you in about 8 years.

2 years, 10 months ago Edited
Camellia Staab Replied to Berckmans Peter 2 years, 10 months ago

Thank you Peter! It's going to be a change, but I probably won't feel it until fall. After all it is our first day of summer holidays. smile

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Meaghan Canum Buecker 2 years, 10 months ago

Congratulations, Camellia... You will definitely be missed in the classroom.  I am happy that I was able to work with you and learn from you, you are a wonderful teacher.  I can not wait to see all the beauty that you capture with your lens.

2 years, 10 months ago Edited
Camellia Staab Replied to Meaghan Canum Buecker 2 years, 10 months ago

Meaghan I am touched by your sweet words. It was my pleasure to work with you and I am so happy that your school year went very well. You moved on at the right time. You know it will be August 20th when I'll say "Oh shit what the hell did I do?" But hopefully I will get passed that feeling quickly grinning

BTW I know you like to take pictures, this is a great place to post them and share the memories.

2 years, 10 months ago Edited
Heidi Egerman 2 years, 10 months ago

Congratulations Camellia! I worked many years in high-tech and retired several years ago. There are still days I feel like I should be working and contributing, but I do love retirement. My passion for photography and gardening keep me extremely busy and right now I can't fathom having a real job. I hope you are blessed with the ability to love what you do every day, from this day forward. I love the images by the way.

2 years, 10 months ago Edited
Camellia Staab Replied to Heidi Egerman 2 years, 10 months ago

Thank you Heidi. I hope that come August when everyone else goes back to school I feel just as happy to have retired as I do now. I have not doubt I will find a way to keep myself busy :)

2 years, 10 months ago Edited
Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 2 years, 10 months ago

You survived school again and again and graduated many times - my husband has one more year until he will finally finish high school. Some people have to spent more years inside school buildings than other - I left in the first moment I got my graduation certificate ...
Congrats - you made it! I hope its not a to bittersweet goodbye. thumbsup
The only US high school I had to "visit" every day with my daughter was the one Buffy had to visit too. wink

2 years, 10 months ago Edited
Camellia Staab Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 2 years, 10 months ago

Thank you Sigrid, you know some of us are not as smart as others and need to repeat and repeat high school until we can finally graduate. You obviously was the smart one here ;)  Right now it feels bittersweet but hopefully this feeling will convert to totally sweet. smile

2 years, 10 months ago Edited
Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Camellia Staab 2 years, 10 months ago

Of course it will convert into totally sweet - you own a camera! wink

2 years, 10 months ago Edited
Camellia Staab Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 2 years, 10 months ago

blue heartblush

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Jay Boggess 2 years, 10 months ago

Thanks for sharing your "going away" with us! I know you will miss the school, but Im sure you will now find time to persue all the things for which you have been planing! Congratulations! I'm sure they will miss you too!!!

2 years, 10 months ago Edited
Camellia Staab Replied to Jay Boggess 2 years, 10 months ago

Thank you Jay. It was not an easy decision but one that I had to finally make...you know the saying " Sh.. or get off the pot". I got off the pot. It will be an adjustment but I will persevere. smile

2 years, 10 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to Camellia Staab 2 years, 10 months ago

As we say, "with every door that closes, a new & exciting one opens".....May all your new doors bring you peace & joy~

2 years, 10 months ago Edited
Camellia Staab Replied to Jay Boggess 2 years, 10 months ago

Thank you my friend smile blue heart

2 years, 10 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to Camellia Staab 2 years, 10 months ago

Always a pleasure!

:=D

Cheers!

2 years, 10 months ago Edited
Sydney Solomon 2 years, 10 months ago

Hi Mrs...Was this a decision, you have made that was a while in coming...or something that you decided recently? 
One door closes another door opens. My hope for you, is that the  new doors...to your next journey through life, gives you the satisfaction, enjoyment, and contentment, that you have earned and deserve, from your service to your community, in the time honoured profession of teaching and empowering values, to the next generation.

2 years, 10 months ago Edited
Camellia Staab Replied to Sydney Solomon 2 years, 10 months ago

Hi Sydney, it is a decision that came about recently. I truly appreciate your comment and hope that the next journey will be just as exciting as the last one smile

2 years, 10 months ago Edited
Sydney Solomon Replied to Camellia Staab 2 years, 10 months ago

Camellia, I hope it was not a decision of necessity, but a decision of choice. I am sure that whatever you decide, you will be successful. It appears now that you will be able to, as your byline on Photoblog says, "Pursuing a Passion for Photography" will have no restraints.

2 years, 10 months ago Edited
Camellia Staab Replied to Sydney Solomon 2 years, 10 months ago

Syd it was a decision of choice and now as you say I have plenty of time to shoot and keep you busy stuck out tongue winking eye

2 years, 10 months ago Edited
Sydney Solomon Replied to Camellia Staab 2 years, 10 months ago

Great..love to be kept busy. Seriously, I am glad it was of choice. Mine, was of a health crisis. I HATE RETIREMENT.

2 years, 10 months ago Edited
Becky 2 years, 10 months ago

I will definitely miss your humor and wit, and your penchant for honesty above all! Good luck and best wishes! I cant wait to follow you in 2.

2 years, 10 months ago Edited
Camellia Staab Replied to Becky 2 years, 10 months ago

Thank you Becky smile

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Antonio Gil 2 years, 10 months ago

Sad and joy at the same time wherever we end a journey and starts another one. Good luck for the next steps in your life Camellia

2 years, 10 months ago Edited
Camellia Staab Replied to Antonio Gil 2 years, 10 months ago

Thank you Antonio, it is definitely bittersweet smile

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