Friday, May 24, 2013

long long weekend

I have a meeting next week with my advisor to hopefully finalize my class schedule for Operation Abby Goes Back To School.

In the meantime, I've looked over my requirements and the upcoming schedules.  It's looking like there will be time conflicts with crossing guard duty.

Today was most likely my last day as a member of the Xtreme Crossing Guard Elite.

So it felt a little bittersweet being out there for this last day of school for 2012/13.  I won't miss the frigid mornings and numb toes.  I won't miss obnoxious winds.  I won't miss  holding a metal sign aloft during lightning storms...

But gosh darn it, I'll miss the kids and their friendly moms and dads.  I'll miss Daniel who rode his bike every day through rain, snow, ice, wind, sun.  I'll miss Nathaniel and his skateboard and his ridiculous stories.    I'll miss Lexie and her drama of all the boys who like her.  I'll definitely miss Tyler who kept me company every afternoon, and he didn't even need to cross the street.  I'll even miss Val and having to remind him, "No, we don't gesture to the drivers".  And all the other little people, whether they crossed every day or were just the fair weather walkers, I'll miss them.

And it wouldn't be right to not give a shout out to my grownup friends:  Bike Lady, Miss Chick Fil-A, Bunny, Mr. UPS, and the friendly fellow hideous vest wearers - snow plow drivers, garbage men, road crews -  that always waved.

Today, everyone seemed extra friendly.  Maybe because it's the last day, or maybe because I was thinking of how I would miss them.  Parents drove past, waving from their cars.  A few, I swear, mouthed "HELP  ME!"

But it really is time to move on.

"It's safe, let's go"


Anonymous said...

Don't forget the motorcycle cops! ;)

I don't know whether to be happy or sad for you! But you're right, it's time to move on. Bigger and better things await!
With as dedicated as you were and with your perfect safety record, your vest deserves to be retired, don'tcha think?

terri said...

Awww... last day. I'm a little sad for you. But I know you're excited about Operation Abby Goes Back to School. I'm a little jealous, actually. I'd like to go back to school, but I'm too lazy to try to squeeze classes and homework in to my days.

I can relate to how you'll miss the kids though. I worked in a school office for several years. Once in awhile, I see one of "my" kids... all grown up... and I miss those days.

Anita said...

And June just came back - how could you leave her! All good things come to an end, right? But more good things take their places.

A crossing guard... would you have thought it 5 years ago? By the way, do you get to keep the vest? You're headless, but you look good in it. Your strong arms are so "authoritative;" it was perfect for the job. Maybe it has a future use. :)

I know all the people you mentioned (and more) will miss you, and I'll miss your crossing guard stories; however, surely to be replaced by "Abby Goes Back to School" stories."

CiCi said...

This is exciting for you. You did a great job as crossing guard and like you say, it is now time to move on to the next stage in your life. It will be awesome that you will be exercising your mind as well as your body in the next stage. You will be busy enough so you won't miss the little kiddies (too much).

Abby said...

*GASP* da cops! Right-o!
Well, that vest deserves retirement, regardless of the safety record!

Abby said...

Homework?? Crap!

Abby said...

Hmmm... other uses for the vest? Absolutely nothing comes to mind.
And, no. I never foresaw the "crossing guard" title!

Abby said...

I'm banking on being busy enough not to miss them too much. They're growing up too, and moving on. The way it should be.

Guano said...

Lovely post, nice reflection. Do your "customers" know you won't be around next year?

Abby said...

I kind of avoided the subject and just wished everyone a "happy summer"