Lots of people want to know “What are you doing now that you’re retired?” I’ve found that this question is not always the easiest to answer. I’m doing a lot, yet compared to former days in my life, I’m not doing as much. So I decided, more for self-reflection than anything, to tell a bit about what a 29 year teaching veteran does when he suddenly finds himself outside the classroom.
Part One – Trips and Such
During the summer months I felt like I still wasn’t really retired, since I normally got the summers off for vacation anyway. But I did receive my first retirement check, so I’m thinking that still means I’m retired. I went to Boone for several days just to get away for awhile. There’s something about the mountains that gives one a fresh perspective on things. Following those days in Boone, I went to The Cove at the Billy Graham Training Center in Asheville for a seminar presented by Tony Evans. I had listened to a lot of his sermons and it was enlightening to hear what he had to say about how God’s grace can work through each of our lives.
On Friday of this week, I’ll be heading out for an east coast tour with Christian Tours. We’ll be traveling to Baltimore, Washington D.C., New York, Philadelphia, and Boston and will watch a major league baseball game in each city. I don’t follow sports as much as I used to, but looking at the current MLB standings, it would appear that quite a few important games will be included in the package. Perhaps the biggest highlight will be going on a city tour of each of the places we’ll be visiting, including the White House, Ground Zero, and Independence Hall. I’ve only been to D.C. of those stops on the tour, so I’m excited about what I’ll be able to see and experience.
I never have been one to do a lot of traveling and I’ve never been on a chartered bus trip or cruise, so I’m anticipating what the trip will be like. For the most part I’m content with staying relatively close to home and I’m O.K. with that. Perhaps this trip will give me a new perspective on traveling.
Part Two (forthcoming soon) – Other activities