Last week I gave back my keys to the high school, heralding the beginning of my career as a stay-at-home-mom.
I've chronicled the library job enough that I don't think another post is necessary, except maybe to tell you what I won't miss.
I won't miss the appalling lack of respect or the terrible, terrible ignorance of rural teenage life.
I won't miss the weirdies that the Basin produces in droves, teachers who expected me to do their work for them and got irritated when I told them I couldn't. Or the bullying, whining, the nastiness I had to deal with.
I will miss the books, the Special Ed kids, the excitement of putting new books on the shelves that I knew the kids would love. I'll miss checking the stats on our circulation and turning them into wordles.
I'll miss proofreading things for the English teachers and administrators, setting up blogs for the Adult Roles classes, creating and rotating seasonal/historical displays.
I'll miss the unexpected things like finding Lyndon B. Johnson's signature inside his biography.
(That one made it into the local paper!)
And, seriously, I'm gonna miss shifting books on the shelves so that they fit just right. It was my favorite part of inventory - by far.
I'll miss being part of the education system, part of the workforce, making money "out there."
But you know what? My new job is not half bad.