Please forgive this general letter, but I have been quite overwhelmed by your kindnesses, good wishes, cards and gifts, and it will take me some time to thank you all individually.
When I announced that I would retire after 35 yrs, at the end of last term I hoped, I suppose as we all do, that I would be missed. But I had no idea that you would treat me to such an outpouring of affection and appreciation as I have received. I have shed many a tear over the lovely comments some of you took the trouble to write. I should also make a special mention to those you who 'starred' in Mr. Woods' opus, thank you for giving your time.
Thank you all from the bottom of my heart. I have loved teaching here at KCE and I am taking so many wonderful memories with me. I shall miss you all.
You can be certain that I won't be fading away and spending my retirement quietly at home!I have already told Miss Hindmarsh that I intend to grow old in the style of Jenny Joseph's wonderful poem, for those who don't know it :-
When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn't suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we've no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I'm tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick flowers in other people's gardens
And learn to spit.
You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go
Or only bread and pickle for a week
And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes.
But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
And pay our rent and not swear in the street
And set a good example for the children.
We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.
But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.
Great isn't it, I love it. I can't believe I am this age already. It has come too fast. So let me just say Thank you all again so very much for all you have given me, but mostly for letting me teach your children. Now go enjoy life before you too find yourself in my position and suddenly find so much life has gone by.
Thank you again for everything, and much love always,