• 52°

Doug Creamer: Reunions

The faculty at East Davidson had a nice party for the two retiring teachers at East this year. They gave us some nice gifts. One of mine was a t-shirt that said, “Retired Teacher, Every Child Left Behind!” I roared with laughter when I opened it. Naturally, I put it right on. In case you don’t know, it’s a spoof on, “No child left behind.”
I took a selfie with the t-shirt on my last workday at school. Anyone who knows me knows that I love being a teacher and I love my students. But I can enjoy the humor in the shirt, and had a great time wearing it. I like wearing it because it makes people smile.
I posted the picture on Facebook and had more likes on it than anything I had ever posted. Actually, I posted two pictures together. The first was my last, first day of school picture. I was wearing a nice dress shirt and a great looking tie. Then next to it, my last day of school, was me in my t-shirt.
I had fun reading all the comments left by friends. One comment caught my eye, “Are you going to make the retirement party tomorrow?” I had no idea what the person was writing about. I inquired and waited. There was to be a retirement party at a former colleague’s house. The catch was that these were all former North Stanly teachers.
I sought out the details so I could be there. Everyone was just getting some food and sitting down when I walked in. There was a cheer at my arrival, which was nice. But later, when some others arrived, they got cheers, too.
It was so great to see former colleagues from North Stanly, many of whom I had not seen for over twenty years. I was the newest retiree, at only two days. I was welcomed warmly by everyone. There were plenty of laughs and lots of stories swapped. There was some good advice from the experienced retirees to help guide me in my new adventure. I really enjoyed catching up with my former colleagues.
Naturally, there were some great stories from back in the day. The laughter filled the room. I heard of others who had also retired and had moved on to other things. Sadly, I heard of still others who had passed away. A lot happens in twenty-plus years. Several talked about leaving North Stanly and finishing their careers in other places, much like I did.
Regardless of where we finished our careers, everyone in that room was family. That was something I discovered, I have been fortunate to develop close, family-like relationships wherever I have worked. That doesn’t happen easily. The closeness that is developed takes time, because it requires openness with one another.
When your colleagues become like family, it’s natural to want to get the family together for a reunion. One thing I realized while we were all together was that we all loved our jobs. We all loved being teachers (and one administrator who also joined us.) We loved our students and we loved the subjects we had the honor to teach. When you have a group of people who love their jobs and are committed to each other, it’s natural that they are going to be like family.
When you think about it, isn’t that what church is supposed to be like, also? We are the family of God who has a reunion each week. We are a committed group of people to each other and to our church. We want to honor God by doing our part in the family of God.
There are different jobs and things that need to be done in order for our church family to function. Beyond the obvious need for the pastor to lead the group, we need Sunday school teachers, deacons, elders, choir members, musicians, administrative staff, and cleaning staff, just to mention a few. If we want our family to work and to work well, we all need to do our part to help the family stay strong.
I want to encourage you to commit and connect to your church family. Find ways that you can help your family grow and be strong. I know we all pray for our pastor and the church, but what can you do beyond prayers to make a positive difference in the lives of other church members? It can be as simple as a helping hand in a time of need. Discover how you can make a positive impact on your church family, and do it.
 

About Post Lifestyles

Visit us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SalPostLifestyle/ and Twitter @postlifestlyes for more content

email author More by Post

Comments

Education

Rowan County administers 700 vaccines, with majority going to local educators

Crime

Shoplifting at Walmart presents challenge for Salisbury police

Local

Commissioners will hear details about changes to solar energy policies

Business

After overcoming obstacles, local barber Daniel King earns registered status

Lifestyle

39th annual K12 student exhibitions go virtual

Business

Biz Roundup: Chamber of Commerce to host ‘Salute to Agri-Business’ at March Power in Partnership

Local

Local legislators back bills ranging from new restrictions on sex offenders to Holocaust education

News

After surviving COVID-19 scare, Lois Willard set to celebrate 100th birthday

High School

Carson rolls over South 41-0 as about 600 allowed in to see season opener for both

Education

East Spencer after school program looks toward opening, nonprofit status

Lifestyle

Frank Ramsey inducted into the NC Military Veterans Hall of Fame

College

Livingstone’s Stoutamire inducted into 2021 CIAA Hall of Fame

Nation/World

J&J’s 1-dose shot cleared, giving US 3rd COVID-19 vaccine

Coronavirus

13 deaths reported in Rowan, county stresses need to receive second dose

Coronavirus

10% of Rowan residents receive first dose; eight COVID-19 deaths reported this week

News

North Carolina State Highway Patrol commander to retire

Education

UNC School of the Arts may go for online learning due to COVID-19 spread

Coronavirus

Greensboro site to administer 3,000 daily vaccine doses starting March 10

Nation/World

Update: $1.9 trillion relief bill passes House, moves on to Senate

Nation/World

Lady Gaga’s dogs recovered safely

Coronavirus

Update: FDA follows advisers’ recommendation, OKs single-shot COVID-19 vaccine from J&J

Local

Post wins 18 N.C. Press Association Awards

Education

Cooper vetoes bill that would force K-12 schools to reopen

Local

Lanning named Spencer’s fire chief