Dear Parents (oldies and newbies) and students (graduated and yet to come),
You've had more than a month of reprieve from emails, texts, and gentle reminders. my seasoned students know, there's an anecdote to go with that reprieve:). Right after classes were finished the first week of May, I had a giant attack of sciatica which basically rendered me unable to walk or think for about two weeks. As I was recovering from that, I decided to go get my hair done, because that's a high priority :). On my way down the hall to get ready, I fell and broke my left shoulder and injured my left leg and ended up in the hospital for a week, then rehab for 10 days, and am now at home recovering, using my essential oils and doing Physical and Occupational Therapies. This is the first time I've attempted to use my laptop because my arm wouldn't stretch up to type on it and it's still quite a challenge to reach numbers on the top row!! My plan was to work on recovering and start classes later in the fall, but, according to my orthopedist, I'm still looking at about 4 months of recovery. Because of this and because my husband thinks I need to and I'm trying to be submissive, I will be retiring after 48 years of teaching. I will be unable to teach this fall. I'm hobbling around on a cane and can't get down the stairs to my office or classroom at this point and am struggling with balance and mobility. My brain is fine (?), but the rest of me is broken. I'm so sorry to present you with this in July. I know it will put a hardship on many of you. I highly recommend Summit Academy and there are other resources out there. Also, if anybody is feeling the urge to start supplemental classes, I will happily mentor you and give you ideas on what to do and not do. Somebody needs to do it!! I'm so sorry to spring this on you on a holiday weekend, but, as I said, this is the first time I've been able to use my laptop. I'll still be available to help with writing and with any transcripts and educational consulting. Believe me, this is rocking my world. I spent most of yesterday thinking through what I'd write to you and crying, but I believe this is the right thing to do. Hope your summer is going better than mine has been!
Those of you who still owe work, now you know why you haven't heard from me nagging you to get it done. NOW, the nagging begins. Now that the pain is reduced and I can think, I'll be finishing up all the grading. So, get those last things done and turned in!!
I'm truly going to miss you all and am so sorry for this change of events. I've loved the last 17 years that I've been teaching homeschooled high schoolers. it's definitely what God called me to do! Stay in touch and let me know where life leads you. You know I love hearing about it!!
Ms. Ruth