That’s it. No more school. No more spending most of my day surrounded by 30 kids, no more pretending to know something about science/Victorians/what an adjective is/what a verb is/what 7x8 is, no more suffering through 30 kids playing the Ukulele for an hour every week, no more yelling at kids to line up and stop crying over Yu Gi Oh cards or Moshi Monsters, no more killing time in assembly by imagining what life is like as a tree, no more despairing over why they've forgotten to use capital letters and full stops, no more having to call parents to tell them that their child just threw up (or worse - don't ask) all over the classroom, no more school. No more school holidays either. Sad times – I will miss my life of organised chaos.
The last couple of weeks have been filled with lots of goodbyes - some easy, some hard, some accompanied with lots of of cake, some accompanied with lots of alcohol, some tear-filled and some just painfully awkward.
When you leave a job/church/place with a view to not return people will generally mention something about you that they like/have appreciated/won’t forget. You know “Thank you for always helping with...” or maybe “You’re not actually that quiet are you?” Sometimes it's something really nice. Other times you don't know which side of the compliment-insult line it sits on.
Apparently a killer death stare and my earring collection are my most noteworthy characteristics. Talk about a lasting legacy. Or maybe my well dressed evil genius alter-ego is harder to hide than I thought.
What I have realised is that how you act and treat people now is what they will remember- we're all known for something right?
If you want people to remember you as generous and compassionate then you have to actually be generous and compassionate.
If you want people to remember you as understanding and encouraging then you actually have to be understanding and encouraging.
If you want people to remember you as sarcastic and bitter then all you have to do is be sarcastic and bitter.
If you want people to remember you as angry and hostile then all you have to do is be angry and hostile.
It’s not rocket science people. Be kind.