My mom went to Wayoata Elementary School as a child, my siblings and I went there and then my mom has worked there for the past 19 years. Friday, June 29th, she retired. Carrying out bottles of pop (?!) and a bundle of cards from her co-workers who are like family, me, Amanda, Olivia and Kennedy welcomed our Mom into retirement on the curb across the street.
Blasting "Schools out for the Summer" from our car, with Amanda and I hooting and jumping up + down while holding 19 balloons for each year of work, Mom walked across the street glowing with her friends from school waving her goodbye. We were all teary!
Olivia and Kennedy were wiped out on the grass, too hot to stand with their "YAY" signs! So they held their arms up a little... lol.