My friend and former colleague emailed that she had four days of meetings in adult education before meeting students next week. I have no meetings.
Instead I have walked along the river with my walking buddy, chatted on the phone with another friend who moved away, had lunch with a young friend who wanted my listening ear, practiced the organ, read two books and recorded them on Goodreads, and volunteered tutoring a student at Hope Ministries. I have read long articles on line from GQ and The New Yorker.
I have no regrets that I retired 1 1/2 years ago. My life is full enough.
However, there still is some beginning of the school year excitement that I share when I see so many posting "first day of school" photos on Facebook. Maybe I should go out and buy some new notebooks and pens just for old time's sake.