This evening, we gathered at the Carmelite Monastery for our end-of-the-year retirement dinner. Each year, we generally lose a couple of teachers or staff members to retirement and this year is no different. We are saying goodbye to our principal as well as to some long-standing teachers and staff.
Saying goodbye in these situations is always difficult because there are so many emotions going through all of us. Some are sad because they are losing someone with whom they have worked for a long time. Some might panic as they worry about who they might get to replace those leaving. Still others might be a tad jealous — or more than a tad — because they still have more years to put in before their own retirement. Still others begin to get sad thinking about the fact that they will be saying goodbye in the next year or two for their own retirement.
Whatever the feelings, we gather to give thanks for the contributions of all who have ministered to our children so well. Thank You. We wish you the best of luck. God bless you in your future years!