Today marks thirty-one years of sobriety. To quote the song by Anthony Newley and made famous by Nina Simone, it’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, and I’m feeling good.
It also marks the twenty-first anniversary of my going to work for Miami-Dade County Public Schools. I retired four years ago and went to work the next day part-time for a pair of District-managed charter schools, doing essentially the same thing I did when I worked downtown: grants budget management and financial reporting. It’s rather karmic: I am using the skills and know-how I learned working as an office administrator to pay for my theatre education. But now I can do playwriting pretty much full-time.
I have no plans to give up either gig: sobriety and grants management. I will just keep counting up the days until time, tide, and the actuarial tables catch up to me.