Retirement Gift for a Colleague

  • Advertise with us
Project by MrFid posted 06-05-2018 01:26 PM 1206 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I started teaching math at a high school in MA 9 years ago. Larry has been there for much longer. The math teachers share a communal office, where each teacher has a desk. Often students come in for extra help, and they need a place to sit. On occasion it is easier to borrow a chair from another teacher’s vacant desk than to go get a “student” chair.
During my first week on the job, I needed to sit to talk to another teacher, and I reached for Larry’s chair (who was in class at the time). I was instantly admonished by the other teacher, who looked at me like I’d lost my mind. “Don’t even think about sitting in that chair!” she said. I noticed that there was a paper plate on the chair with the words “Thank You for not Sitting Here.” written on it. Message received. The same plate has held its place of prominence for nearly the last decade.
Larry is an amazing teacher, and a good friend. I will miss him dearly next year when he is retired, and so after 9 years of working together, I quietly stole the plate one day last winter. He hadn’t been using it as feverishly, but I monitored the situation to see if he missed it before taking it home.
I cut up some butternut for the sides and back. I dadoed into the sides for the glass, which took some math to figure out what size to cut it at. It’s okay, both Larry and I are math teachers.
The plate is attached to the back with hot glue. The finish on the whole thing is a sanding sealer I had lying around. I used turn buttons to hold the back in place, so that if the plate ever falls off its hot glue seating it can be fixed.
Thanks for reading, and Happy Retirement, Larry!

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

3 comments so far

View Steve's profile


2774 posts in 2082 days

#1 posted 06-05-2018 02:33 PM

Nicely done and I enjoyed the backstory as well.

View oldrivers's profile (online now)


3154 posts in 3066 days

#2 posted 06-05-2018 03:04 PM

Enjoyed the history. Job well done.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

View helluvawreck's profile


32122 posts in 4366 days

#3 posted 06-05-2018 05:36 PM

You did a nice job on this piece.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics