Moving Forward and Looking Back

“Just keep moving forward and don’t give a shit about what anybody thinks. Do what you have to do for you.”
― Johnny Depp

I’m a sucker for a good quote, and this one by Johnny Depp spoke to me today – timely advice for Don on his last day of being a teacher at Horton High. Thirty-two years of getting up early, going to school, teaching, counselling, organizing, marking and planning would have exhausted a lesser person (like me!) much earlier. He’s a great teacher and Horton won’t be the same without him, but I’m so happy he’ll finally get the time he so deserves to write songs, play guitar, do nothing when he feels like it – and occasionally vacuum up some dog hair 🙂 and deliver cups of tea to me while I’m writing.

Other than being so ridiculously happy for him, I’m incredibly grateful – If he hadn’t gone to school (almost every single day for all those years  (if only teachers could get paid retroactively for unused sick days!) I wouldn’t have had the enormous privilege of being home with my kids when they were little (and bigger), nor would I have had the time to invest in becoming a writer. So, thank you, Don – last word to your rock and roll hero:

“We said we’d walk together baby come what may.That come the twilight should we lose our way.If as we’re walkin a hand should slip free,I’ll wait for you
And should I fall behind,Wait for me.”
― Bruce Springsteen


About janlcoates

I'm a Nova Scotia children's author. My first picture book, "Rainbows in the Dark", was published in 2005, by Second Story Press. My young adult novel, "A Hare in the Elephant's Trunk" was published in the fall of 2010, by Red Deer Press.
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3 Responses to Moving Forward and Looking Back

  1. Darlene says:

    Congratulations to your husband for a well earned retirement. May you enjoy many happy, peacefull years together. We should all be grateful to these amazing teachers who give so much.

  2. jackie says:

    My dad was a high school English teacher, retired a few years ago, and said the same thing about unused sick days! Apparently some school districts do do that, though not his. Congrats!

  3. janlcoates says:

    I’ve always thought it should be mandatory for all parents to spend a day in the classroom to give them a birds’-eye view of what teaching actually involves on a daily basis. Love the title of your blog, Jackie – although the link to your name in your comment doesn’t seem to work? Happy summer!

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