As I was perusing the blogs this morning someone pointed out that Back-to-School time is much like New Year's Eve for making resolutions and clearing out clutter.
I have found, over the years, that I never have been able to get over the sense of new beginnings this time of year.
Nearly every job I have ever had has either begun or ended in late August/Early September, something in my body tells me it's time.
Last week I worked my last shift at Treadle Yard Goods (my favorite fabric shop), and yesterday I taught my final class at The Yarnery.
It occurred to me the other day that with the completion of my time there I am ending a 20 year run of retail work.
This weekend also marks the end of the 7th job I have had on Grand Ave, which is a shopping/restaurant destination here in Saint Paul.
I am pretty conflicted about it, I loved the work and the people, but this will give me more time to teach piano and spend time with my family.
For my last class one of my students brought a box of strawberries, and another brought a bottle of wine to share.
And then, as I was walking out of the door, I bumped into a former student who thanked me for teaching her to knit (it was probably about 10 years ago, and she's kept it up beautifully), that was a perfect way to close out my time there.
Now it's time for the Herculean task of knitting and sewing through the stash that I have accumulated over the past dozen years of working in fibers.
I have so many plans, over a decade-worth.
I think it's going to be prudent to set aside one night a week for sewing.
The big kids are in Disney World right now with my parents, and Sunday morning I was able to make them each a couple of pairs of pajama shorts for the trip.
Super fast and easy, and a nice gateway into sewing again.
Also, I have a birthday party coming so I am super excited to do some dolly sewing.
Here's to new beginnings out there.