It’s the last week of school and it’s a happy, busy one: graduation rehearsals, field trips, field days, cook-outs, pizza parties, ice cream treats, thank you cards, step-up day, extra recesses, hugs and wishes and farewells. We’re cleaning our classrooms, clearing our heads, and putting the final touches on another year. All of us, teachers […]
Who knew that in my sixties, I’d be simultaneously dealing with adolescent angst, adult children, and elder care? Days, I teach middle level students to read and write. Nights and weekends, I often spend with my father and mother who live in separate facilities in separate towns. My two siblings and I collaborate to ensure our parents’ quality care, which requires patience, vigilance, and constant advocacy. In the midst of all this, I lean on my husband, a retired educator, to keep me sane and happy.