We need to play a little more
I think it’s been a really fast career. It’s funny, somebody said to me, “How long have you been in Virginia Beach,” and I said, “Only 30 years.” They said “Only? Really?” Thirty years is a long time, but it’s just like time, how it goes; it’s a blink. I think I’ll look more forward to Mondays now because Mondays are the hardest time when you’re going back to work. People always say I’m going to sleep in and really enjoy that, but I think we’ll still probably get up around the same time we usually do. I’m just looking forward to not having a list of things to do. I think eventually I will make lists of things I need to do that I haven’t done in the last 30 years, but I’m just enjoying thinking I can do what I want to for a little while. I’m sure I’ll get bored and I’ll find other things to do. I have a new grandchild, the first grandchild. I do have my mother who is going to come and live with me for a while this summer. I have a dog who is going to enjoy having my company a lot more. I’m just looking forward to those things.
What have you learned?
I think we have higher expectations for kids than we used to have, but I also think we need to remember that they are children. They still need to play some. They still need to laugh some. They still need to have some down time. Children make mistakes, and we have to understand that we were children once and they’re children, too. They’re just in a new world, very different from us. I think we need to play a little more.