Transitions: A Slice of Life Story

11 Aug


I’m transitioning back to work. It’s a good thing, actually, and I am very excited about my new job. That got me into a bit of an awkward spot as the last school year ended.

When the news of my decision to leave my school and move on to a new school broke, a lot of people were surprised. My teammate, Jennifer wasn’t. When I walked into her room to tell her I had news, she said, “You’re leaving us, aren’t you?”. For most other people, it was rather unexpected news. One parent told me that her daughter cried because she had hoped to be in my class.

All around me, people were sad. But I wasn’t. I figured I’d cry and be sad at some point. But it never seemed to come because I was so excited about the new job.

A few weeks ago, I called to make a vet appointment for Lucy, who rarely goes to the vet. The receptionist said, “You haven’t been in for a while have you?”. Then she told me that our beloved vet, Dr. Davies, was transitioning to Seattle, where she would learn to do rehab for animals. I got weepy on the phone and finally understood how everyone at my old school felt.

I was fortunate enough to get Lucy in to see Dr. Davies for one  of her last appointments in Portland. I got to say goodbye and wish her well. I told her about my new job and we talked about that excitement we were both feeling.

It probably won’t hit me until the week we really go back, when I am in a strange classroom and I am feeling overwhelmed by what I don’t know. Those first few months in anew job can be trying. I am sure I will question my decision to move. By the end of the year, I hope I will feel triumphant. For now, though, I am simply excited.

8 Responses to “Transitions: A Slice of Life Story”

  1. arjeha August 11, 2015 at 6:59 am #

    Starting a new venture is always exciting.I had read somewhere years ago that it is good to change job scenery every few years because it keeps us fresh and the job exciting and interesting…this being said by one who worked in the same building but not the same teaching position for 38 years. I wish you well on this new adventure and look forward to reading about it.

  2. Tara August 11, 2015 at 10:20 am #

    Transitions are bittersweet, aren’t they? It is hard to give up the familiar for the unfamiliar, but that’s how we learn and grow. Good luck!

  3. Michelle @litlearningzone August 11, 2015 at 11:04 am #

    Enjoy and hold on to this excitement. Change is good for us all. A new challenge. A new adventure. Everything is new and a learning experience. It’s just what you needed right now. Best of luck and see the positive in all the ups and downs of the newness!

  4. joann hulquist August 11, 2015 at 11:26 am #


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    • Adrienne August 11, 2015 at 3:04 pm #

      Joann, I hope you don’t think this means I won;t miss Walker. I will, but the sadness is still so overwhelmed by excitement. I suspect it won’t really feel real until we go back on the 30th.

  5. Haddon Musings August 11, 2015 at 1:55 pm #

    It is funny how the change didn’t hit you until that vet appointment. Change is always bittersweet, isn’t it?

  6. elsie August 11, 2015 at 2:07 pm #

    When you are the one leaving, there is excitement. When you are the one staying behind, there is sadness. Now you’ve experienced both sides of the emotion. Hold on to your excitement. Best of luck starting this new endeavor!

  7. Vesta Wynkoop August 11, 2015 at 8:32 pm #

    I think I was more like sglad. Sad you were leaving, but happy you were happy. That’s what happens to people as amazing as you. The good news is I know where to find you! PS Cheers! Great choice…very delightful grape juice. Thanks again!

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