"People who can, do; people who can't, teach." This lovely bit of folk "wisdom" has always rankled. My entire adult career was spent teaching high school biology and science so I always wondered if there was some truth to it. I found out when I had the chance to act as the elections clerk in 2012 provincial election. Elections Alberta was having trouble filling the position and someone who knew the chief electoral officer put my name forward. Without going into detail, let me just say, "The job made me want to slit my throat." I was competent enough but teaching seemed rosier by comparison. The adage had been
laid to rest, at least for me.
Volunteering was something I had said I'd do after retiring and I am the Chair of the local Library Board, a member of the Adult Learning Board and a worker with the Arts Council. There are frustrations but I have the time and it's good to give a little back.
I'd like to travel more and may in the future. There have been memorable trips and my own vast country waits to be better explored.
I get to read as much as I want. My public library provides best sellers, novels, biographies, true crime and so much more.
Writing is big on the list. I have published a few short stories and have written a couple of unpublished books. I'm still editing and re-writing the mystery. Before I die...
One of the most important things- I want my grand kids to remember fun with Grandma. I love having time to visit and play with them. They will never be off the list.
As I cross something off, I have to add an item to the bottom. The bucket list doesn't end until you do.
I've been married a long time and often write about everyday events.