I have to tell you that you won't make my "Top 5" list in terms of years to remember, but you weren't all bad, either. You were a fussy mistress this year, never quite settling into any sort of pattern: you changed the direction of life on a whim at several times throughout our time together. You taught me to be even more flexible and strong, to anticipate (rather than dread) opportunity and chance, and to find happiness in everyday life. You escorted me through my first year of grad school, taking on elementary science responsibilities, and learning to mentor new teachers in my district. This was the year I got a new boss and completely left the classroom. I gained a home along the water and wonderful new friends. I worked longer and harder than I ever had. You had a lot of demands for me.
Our dance is over and I'm ready for a new partner. I hope you'll tell 2007 to take things easy with me this year. Lots of projects I started with you are going to continue to develop. You'll live on in my archives. Google will send visitors here to have a look and think about what happened in 2006. You'll be gone, but most certainly not forgotten.
Tonight, there's champagne, lots of food, fireworks, laughter, and more to toast your departure and welcome your replacement. See you at midnight.