Our first year of country living involved quite a few DIY projects and lots of ‘getting to know you, country life’ moments. It was nice not to feel much pressure to jump right back into the work place, but working and earning an income is a necessity to live.
We may have sold our bakery business, but it was not at a price to lend the luxury of full retirement. Even with my husband retired from the Air Force, the amount is not such that would allow us to pay our way with costs of everything on the rise.
It’s not easy bringing up the subject of money. I mean, it is easy to chat about the matter when talking to my husband, children and a few close friends, but it seems there is an unspoken rule in our society that declares we tip-toe around an honest discussion of money, income, expenses and all that goes with the subject. I bring it up now simply to offer an explanation as to how I learned about an adorable project at a local school.
You see, I have gone back to work. It was with much thought and prayer that I decided to sign-up to be a substitute teacher at a neighboring public school. It’s a sweet ISD that reminds me of school when I was growing up: small, rural and never shy of parent visits.
Soon after filling a few sub jobs I was asked to tutor three days a week. The principal was looking for certified teachers and I said, “Yes”. It is a temporary job and I am really enjoying it. This past week has been particularly festive with a pumpkin decorating contest and storybook parade. I realize that such energetic events happen in schools across our country and I think that is a good thing! With my own children grown, it is nice to get a glimpse of what is going on in our community through the precious children.
Here are some of my favorite pumpkins decorated by students and families. One rule applied: the pumpkins had to be characters from favorite books. Hope you like them as much as I did!