My last work day before summer started was Monday. My neighbor, also in education, was out of school last Wednesday and true to tradition made it known where and when vacation was occurring, which was the very next day. Today we briefly crossed paths. After a greeting (a split second deviation from the task at hand in the back yard) I was reminded by my neighbor I "just got out." I replied, "Monday." What was unsaid by my neighbor (whom I was seeing for the first time in a week), but clearly the reason for the comment was YOUR LAST DAY OF WORK JUST HAPPENED AND I HAVE ALREADY BEEN ON MY FIRST VACATION AND BACK BECAUSE I GOT OUT DAYS BEFORE YOU.
While on that topic, I wonder why my other neighbor, who whines about the weather more than the average yinzer, hasn't said a word about my summer or my last day of school, recently. The same guy who constantly comments on weather as a break from complaining about cold, rain, snow or all the above and asks if we had school or a delay (at the sight of a snowflake or forecast calling for subzero temps) has gone silent now that we (those in education) paid the piper by making up those dreaded cancellations.
Guess what? On the last few days of school, I showed movies. That is a comment directed towards all the haters (non-teachers) that envy my summer off as they sit in AC at their job or school nurses who sit in their AC while my classroom (among others) gets up to 85 degrees.
And guess what I did yesterday? I went down in the basement to make pottery and instead cleaned and scrubbed (with vinegar) because I discovered water on the floor around the perimeter of the room. Vinegar instead of bleach. If you don't know why, then look it up.
PS- I took a summer job outdoors just because I felt like it, not for any other reason.