At the close of business hours this past Monday my teaching license expired. I was a licensed (and highly qualified, according to a multiple-choice test the government made me take) teacher for just over 12 years, a full third of my life currently. I taught elementary school for 6 years. I was last in a classroom a year ago when I substituted for a year before Iddo was born. I doubt I’ve spent my last day in a formal classroom as a teacher, but I don’t know when I’ll be back.
In the mean time I’ve got some other teaching to do, both at home and elsewhere. And the skills I learned preparing to be a teacher as well as teaching are going to come in handy on an almost daily basis I’m sure.
Here’s to the next chapter in my life, a life unfettered by licenses and permissions (except to drive, of course).