Working two and a half hours a week meant being away from home for five hours , not to mention preparation, marking and administration (all unpaid). To be perfectly honest, working for that amount of time was really not working - it was just an unwelcome interruption to my "real" life!
Now don't get me wrong, I love teaching - ask any student who has been in my classes or workshops - but I was getting quite fed up with the half-a-day-week thing!
So, I asked for work on two (preferably consecutive) days - or no work at all (give my hours to someone who really needs the work).
And my answer came back last Friday (the last day of the last semester):
... we are not able to offer you a teaching program in Semester Two 2011.You know, first my heart sank and I felt like crying; the feelings of rejection threatened to overwhelm me!
I went straight out and told WM; he smiled and said, "well, that's what you wanted, isn't it?"
And that was that: I'm unofficially 'retired' - at least for the rest of this year!
WM doesn't expect me to look for other work. And DD just might need help with two boys sixteen months apart!
God is good!!