Mum started out her career as a Modern Languages Teacher, teaching French and German. In fact that is what took her to Mull and ultimately to meet my Dad. Mum was at my Granny's house one Sunday and Granny wrapped up a turnip for Mum in a newspaper to take back to her flat. When she got home she spotted an advert for a job in Tobermory in that newspaper and well the rest is history really.
When Kirsty and I appeared on the scene Mum stopped working, popping in now and then to do supply but really she spent most of her time raising us - for which we are obviously very grateful.
Once we got a bit older Mum was offered a new avenue to pursue - Learning Support. She worked extremely hard to gain her diploma and has never looked back.
For the past eight years or so working has been more challenging for Mum as she copes with the progressive nature of MS. It has never stopped her though. The kids at school have been great in supporting her and making sure she is ok and in turn she has raised awareness of the illness. (She actually wrote an article about that for the MS Trust, you can find it here).
For me, and many people, Mum is an inspiration and the fact she has carried on working is a true reflection of her character. I know that people think very highly of Mum, both as a teacher and as a lady, and I also know that she will be missed in the school. Some people are lucky in that they find exactly what they are meant to do in life - Mum was meant to be a teacher!
So today, after many, many years teaching Mum is leaving Tobermory High School to embark on the next chapter of her life - retirement. I hope you enjoy every minute of it Mum - you really deserve it.
Lots of love
Rhoda and Jonathon xxx