Thursday, November 1, 2007

midlife joy

This is going to be fun, I can tell. I have many "loves". The first one is children and I this I used as an at-home job of childcare for 29 years. It allowed me to stay home with my own children, brought extra money for the extras of braces, church missions, Christmas, trips and other little pleasures. By the time the last child left home, my daycare days finally came to an end. Towards the end of this career, my second love kicked in, Music. I started giving Piano lessons. Before long I had 20 students. One of my new piano students asked my why I didn't teach art classes to children after seeing some of my own artwork; love number 3. I started advertising and shortly after had 6 students. I have been teaching piano and art for 10+ years.
I even tried subbing for three years. That was quite an adventure too. The first year, I didn't do much. The second year I covered a lot of music and art, which I enjoyed. This last year I did quite a bit of ed-teching and discovered I didn't like it much. "Challenged" children don't like their routine changed or new people to deal with, so it made it difficult. There were a lot of negatives so when I got my paperwork this summer for the next year, I didn't send it back. I have enough going with home, art, piano, and grandchildren that I stay very busy. (besides, I am not as young as I used to be!) Each day is a joy because I love what I do. I have reasonable health now, free of most pain, and that has given me a new lease on life. Also, I have even enjoyed the seasons more this year. So, here I am, now in my midlife joy! I am currently taking a pastel art class through ed. These are the first two pictures I have done. I am finding that I love working with pastels except that my hands get very dirty and dried out. (Maybe rubber gloves may be in order?) So, as I make them, I will post them here to share with you all.