Soon, probably after this year, I will retire, and then the end of August won't be full of angst, and stress. I've been up to school a few times; although I've gotten some work done(not even close to being finished!), there are still no new textbooks, a computer is sitting on my desk, ready for IT to upgrade it, several of my classes are at 40, I could go on, but you get the idea. Part of me will undoubtedly miss the excitement and activity. I'm so used to the transition into school time that it will be as difficult for me to adjust to NOTHING as it is to deal with making chaos into order. This crazy news didn't help with the start of the school year. At Book Club yesterday, there were several discussions of unconscionable hires which made me want to retire NOW. The details would be boring to you, but in a nutshell, the Central Office has chosen a couple of people (nepotism?) who are not qualified for their jobs, leaving the principal in a tricky situation. Poor guy already has so much to deal with, which would also be tedious to discuss, although I may rant vent about it during the school year. And in case the Henry situation is unclear, we are on somewhat shaky ground, yet not finished. His girls are having wisdom teeth extracted today and tomorrow, so I know I won't see him for a while. Yet, he did communicate that, which showed improvement. :) There may be a time when I'll give up on him (because I'm not a priority, because he doesn't seem to want to introduce me to his family, because he is obviously still grieving his late wife), but that time isn't yet. Damn, why do I have to care so much about this guy? Patience is not one of my virtues, so THIS. IS. HARD.