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When Are You Retiring?

It has to be said first and foremost…I love my job. I am a dean of students at one of the largest high schools in Minnesota. I have been for the last 17 years. Collectively, I have been in education for just over 34 years. And when I say that out loud I actually hear a little gasp in my own voice. I, capital L, Love working with students in high school. I love helping them to find out who they are and how to be their best selves…all in spite of being a teenager! And I love that no matter what year it is and no matter how long I do this work, I only work with 15 to 18 year olds every day, thus my perception about aging becomes skewed. I only see youth and opportunity and I can feel hip and c

Did You Wet The Bed?

“Did you wet the bed?” This question came to me from my husband. It was around 2:30 am and he was moving his hand around on the mattress next to me like he was looking for something he lost. “What?!” I said loudly back to him….mostly from being woken up and maybe mostliest because I wanted to make sure I heard him correctly. “Did you ask me if I wet the bed?” “What is going on?” The answer went as follows: “I think you wet the bed. No. Wait. Yeah, I think it was you. Oh here’s the culprit”, he says as he lifts up a water bottle he found tipped over on our comforter. “Sorry about that.” He rolls over and is back to sleep. Ok. There are several questions and thoughts going through my head as I

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