It’s almost here. The first day of a new school year.
I suppose there is always excitement around this time, especially if you have kids or are otherwise involved in education, but this year for my family is pretty exciting indeed.
After 27 years, Dan is starting a new job.
I’m going to be honest with you: I can’t imagine changing careers at this point in my life. True, as it stands, I’ve been able to make a living, albeit an unpredictable one, doing what I do for about the last 17 years. But the core of what I’ve been doing (graphic design and writing) is what I’ve been doing since about the age of 24. But a complete career change like the one Dan’s embarking on? Cannot even fathom it.
And yet, I do get to witness it. And it’s thrilling. And unknown. And a little wild. And so far, so so good.
And I really do need to say thank you to Dan. All during those 27 years, he was the steady hand of employment. Working day in and day out. Taking so little vacation. Getting called into one of the shops at 1:30 in the morning because the alarms were going off. Spending hours guiding new managers, helping them to run stores to his exacting but also warm, nurturing, customer-centered standards. Thank you, Dan.
Thank you, because of you I was able to have this crazy, unpredictable career for the past 17 years. When I didn’t make any money, you were there to make the ends meet. It has not always been a simple solution, but you have always ensured we had what we needed.
And while I was the one who professionally got a lot more of the attention, now it’s your time to shine and I am seriously so proud of you and am so happy to support you.
Not only that, with my mad design and scrapbook skills, we’re gonna make some hella cool teacher shit for your students and rooms in the coming weeks, months and years.
Go Mr. Z! You’re about to change 5th grade lives.