A cake just for me! 001

Changing principals was a very difficult transition for me during my 29 years teaching elementary school. One of my most loved principals died of cancer, followed by a principal who had just finished her Masters in Administration. It appeared to me that she was hired to clean house by the Central Office. She came in with an attitude, and after her first year most of our older teachers resigned. I finally crawled into my classroom hole and hibernated until she finally left for a year of study, and was replaced. The next principal was a really great administrator who supported us and was fair and balanced with everyone.

Snow Queen brings winter

Hibernate ‘till summer comes

Snow melts in sunshine


Relationships strain

An attitude adjustment

helped me through the heat


Today Merril, at d’Verse, asked us to write a Haibun sharing a transition we have experienced. Looking back, I am amazed I survived those years.

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Photo of cake from my retirement party: Dwight L. Roth


43 thoughts on “Survival

  1. I have seen my shares of terrible bosses and managers and just rode with the tide until they got replaced or transferred. I thought hibernating was a good strategy Dwight. Love also the photo of your retirement cake.

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  2. I like the imagery of your first haiku, and how it continues your theme of hibernation and waiting for spring (or till things are better.) My husband retired from teaching high school math after 37 years. He saw his share of bad administrators–not necessarily the principal. Our younger daughter teaches 8th grade English, and she has a totally ineffectual principal. This year there are changes–she has a new supervisor and a new superintendent.

    The cake looks yummy! 🙂

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  3. Oh yes —- I recognize and identify with this one. The changing of a boss can result in so much turmoil. For some it is a transition (I’ve been there); for some, it’s a waiting game as you describe here (been there too); and for some, it’s simply a time to get the hell out of there. Excuse my language. I’ve been there too.
    Great take on the prompt!

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  4. Oh, we’ve all had them at one time or another Dwight. And yes, I think we learn from those difficult experiences/people. One of mine that stands out for me was a VP of Human Resources- talk about ironic. It got a bit better when I was promoted to a VP, but still….
    I love the snow queen reference too.

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  5. Ah yes, those attitude adjustments are a great thing. When we encounter what we can’t change, we CAN change the way we react to it. Your story certainly bears that out. Thanks for sharing.

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