I don’t imagine that many of you reading this post will have my perspective on aging…I turned 65 on Monday! For this sanguine melancholy, this was both exhilarating and depressing, but most of all, an awakening! Most of you reading this post are the age I was when I moved to Florida…my children were in ninth, eighth and fifth grade in 1993. At that time I’m sure my perspective on life was much like yours is today. So, how can I be expected to share anything of relevance in this article after being overwhelmed with the reality of being 65? (Not to mention being mentally maimed by the Medicare journey!)
Well, I believe I can.
You see, my commitment to my vocation has not wavered over the years. If anything, I have greater resolve to make a difference in the lives of the children regardless of a time or age limitation.
These days, I have recognized I'm a really wealthy man! Not in possessions or wealth (by US standards) but in what do with my life each day. Words can't adequately express what this year has given me but some pictures can. See if you can see where my wealth can be found...
As I am writing this I am watching a photo stream of my granddaughter, Eden’s kindergarten graduation. She attends Brainard Christian School in Chattanooga, TN. I would rather be there but I’ll take what technology can give!
You cannot watch this with me this, but a family pic will work.
We have had 21 fifth grade retreats since I have come to Lakeland…it is a part of the fabric of our school now…I believe it is an experience both parents and students may remember for a lifetime. I have fond memories of my 6th grade retreat in 1961!
Note: tie dye has not gone out of style!
I had the honor of being involved with 7 OM teams this year. Over the 25 years I have participated in the program, I have seen students grow in ways the classroom cannot always provide. OM provides parents a way to be involved a unique way too…they are the coaches. The friendship I have made over the years with parents as been rewarding beyond words. The picture says it all!
Lastly, my perspective of what I do now.
Although, not a classroom teacher I have the opportunity of being involved in various ways with students K4-5th grade and the RISE Institute. What a privilege it is to partner with the teachers to pump up science instruction! Presenting science through the eyes our Creator, Lord and Savior, never gets old.
I just returned from The National Science Teachers Association STEM Conference and am anxious to do more engineering emphasis to science classes. I’m sorry to see the year end.
Let me end with this. I stopped in to Mrs. Rhoden’s 5th grade class this morning to get some inspiration to finish this article, which was due yesterday! She was finishing devotions and as I walked in the door. This is what I heard, “…how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things.” (Rom 8:32b) Whoa!
Needless to say, I got inspired!
I hope your perspective of your world is more than a hurried attempt to do the next thing, but one that has time for forethought and reflection. Get on board with me!
Don’t wait until you’re 65 to start!
Mr. Fred Wiechmann serves as a Science Resource Teacher for LCS. You can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.