Since I last posted, I've had an unexpected curve in my work life when my employer offered an early retirement package. I'm one of a group of 25 in my school district who are eligible. The offer came after I had spent nearly an hour the previous evening typing a report into the on-line program we use only to be suddenly kicked off the program which, of course, didn't save my work. Just minutes before I saw the e-mail with the offer, I had had an unpleasant interaction with a parent who yelled at me when I asked him to let his child out at the corner rather than in the middle of the street. Leaving it all behind looked very attractive. I spent the weekend imagining how it would be to have time to stitch and quilt during the day, how I would be able to plow through the stacks of books laying around my house, how I would be able to devote more time to volunteer pursuits, how I would be able to travel with my husband and not be bound by a school year schedule. I've worked my entire adult life, even when my children were babies, and I thought it would be nice to have some more time for the things I want to do. The fifth panel for Petit Sampling Etui (shown in the picture) got finished during that thinking time.
But now that the idea has had some time to marinate and I've had time to consider whether I'm really ready to retire, I'm not so sure. My youngest will be going off to college in the fall and my responsibilities outside work will drop off considerably. My husband will still be working for another year or two and maybe I need to keep the status quo so we can develop a new rhythm without too many life changes at once. I have until April 16 to make my decision. Are there words of wisdom from any of you who have taken this step?