The kids are all right. I will be too.

It is August.  The school year will be starting in a couple of weeks.

It will be my family’s last school year.

The Red-Headed Menace will be a senior next year.  I will never have to go to Back-To-School Night, parent-teacher conferences, IEPs, or attendance meetings after next year.  (Hopefully, I will get through the year without having to go to the last, but I am not really sanguine about it.)

I won’t have to buy school supplies.  I won’t be sitting at track meets with other cheering parents.  I won’t get spam from the PTSA. I won’t have to freak out about whether I have missed the SAT deadlines.

I won’t have to yell at anyone about losing the $100 graphing calculator.  I won’t need to doublecheck that anyone is indeed working his way through Pride and Prejudice, and not leaving it for the last minute.

I won’t have a schedule bounded by starting bells and finals periods.

I’m going to miss all that.  I have been in the K-12 system for sixteen years now – that’s a long time.  It’s time to do something else with my life.

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