Thirty five years ago this summer I earned my BS, got married a week later and then within 3 months began teaching in the county I still work in. It is amazing how many changes have impacted teaching. Mostly paper work. Salaries are still low (at least in my location). Chalk boards, OH projectors and old 16mm movie projectors have given way to white boards, smart boards and computers. Encyclopedias have surrendered to Google. But kids are still kids to me. Especially in the elementary. I still see enthusiasm and the desire to excel. I occasionally encounter the kid at that age already beat down by life and home but I make him/her my project to bring back to the fun of childhood even if it is just 30 minutes a day. So after a good wkout before 530am and reading the paper with cereal I will put on my whistle and go out to play for the 36th year. The only better job I can imagine is being Rick Steves traveling partner.