Do Not Worry

Here's my first finish in my 25-project challenge. It's the Eye on the Sparrow chart by Silver Creek Samplers stitched on an R&R fabric with a Sampler Threads conversion from Shakespeare's Peddler. (No affiliation, just a happy customer.) I started it during my trip to Colorado over spring break to visit my 91-year old aunt and finished it the beginning of May. This verse has special significance for me since it talks about the lilies of the field and Susan is from the Hebrew word for lily. I'm a big-time worrier and planner (remember how much I like to make lists?) so this reminds me to relax a little bit--OK, a lot--and try to go with the flow.

While I was working on this piece, I was totally unaware that there was going to be a major change in my work life. I am a speech therapist and have worked in my present school district for 19 years. During that time, I've worked in several different buildings, but have always been in one of my elementary schools. I've worked with the principal in that building for 18 years. I was about to the be oldest and most senior person in the building when another teacher retires next month. However, my special education supervisor decided to swap assignments for two therapists and I'm moving to another school next year, for no apparent good reason, except that I was assured it's not because of anything I've done or haven't done. I begged to stay where I am, especially since I'm planning to retire in another three years. I talked about my leadership positions in the building. My principal fought for me to stay. She cited the history I have with parents and how I'm a model of professionalism for the younger staff members (translation: I'm "mature.") All to no avail. So I am packing up my classroom and saying goodbye to students and parents I've worked with for several years. I'm determined to leave everything in good shape for the new person. I'm trying to avoid the end of the year celebrations because that's the last thing I feel like doing. And most of all, I'm trying to rise to this new challenge and not to worry about it.

Comments

  1. I love this finish! Need to add this to my collection. Have you ever seen the design from 4 My Boys? Sounds like something you would like!

    http://www.ecrater.com/product.php?pid=7656021

    I have this hanging over my front door so I can see when leaving each day.
    Sorry about your work situation...am sure you will make a big impact on your new location!

    happy stitching....

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  2. I love the finish but more important the whole job thing.....don't let it get you down. Remember when one door closes another opens. Sometimes the hardest thing is change because of the fear of the unknown. There is comfort in staying status quo. But change is good, change means we are still learning and growing. Hang in there!

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  3. I just found your blog through Terri's...first of all, I love your finish it's really pretty :) Sorry to hear about your job, I hope that the change is something you will be able to adapt to without too much stress. Good luck!

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  4. What a shame! Inflexible bureaucracy at its worst. Sheesh.

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  5. Congrats on your beautiful finish. So sorry to hear about your job woes. Change can be a good thing... I hope that will apply to your situation.

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  6. What a beautiful finish! And appropriate for what's going on in your job right now. I'm so sorry to hear your news. I hope that this change turns out to be a good thing for you. I'll be thinking of you. Hang in there, and don't worry!

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  7. Your finish is beautiful and timely. I'm sorry you're being moved - change is so hard but I'll bet there's a special, God planned reason you're meant to be in the new place. Someone special who really needs you is waiting - I'd bet my bottom dollar.

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  8. What a lovely finish! I am so very sad for you. I hope this change will bring you new friends and wonderful opportunities.

    Enjoy your weekend.

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  9. Being the receipient parent of help at school, I can tell you that they are probably feeling some turmoil too- but I agree with Robin's comments the door may be shutting for you (and the students) but another will open, so hang in there.

    As for your finish - that's wisdom I could take into account too! I love the colors!

    Thanks too, for your wishes on my posting about my aunt. It's such a blessing to have relatives in their 80's and 90's - so interesting to share time with. Enjoy the time with your 91 year old aunt! I did with mine, that's for sure!

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  10. Awww, big hugs. Office politics stink, especially when you love the situation that you're in now. Wonderful finish!

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  11. I really like this pattern a lot and should do it some day. Your's turned out lovely!

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  12. well I would like to think your district officials know what an impact you could make on another school in a different area. I only hope they are recognizing your excellent skills and have made a good decision. Change is so hard and this close to retirement - what a punch in the gut. Had to get my laptop out so I could post a big ((HUG)) to you and also tell you how much I love your new finish. Hope you have a wonderful weekend - Mel

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  13. I wish you all the best with the work situation.

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