Retirement is becoming a more common word in my vocabulary.  A lady, met on-line, retired from her elementary school teaching job.  Upon which, I wrote this for her:

Let us all gather for a great big cheer.
It's been a long, happy, rewarding career.
Many a child was given a good start.
For each of them got a piece of your heart.

It was not a sacrifice, trying at times.
For the world to function, it takes all kinds.
And those kinds had to be mentored and nurtured,
To have any hope for a bright, new future.

So a big door is closing, there is no going back.
But the memories will linger, for there is no lack.
A new door is opening, it is shrouded in haze.
But I'm sure, like you, it will never cease to amaze.


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