I so agree with your remark that we (second career teachers) don't need the kind of recognition that young new teachers need because we've had it.
People don't ask us why we "settled" for teaching because we've already made our marks in the 'real world'.
The phrase "those that can - do, those that can't - teach" doesn't apply to us. We've already proven that we can.
We're eager to take on the ancient role of elder mentoring the young.
When I was "preteaching" this summer, one of our duties was taking our students on breaks. I sort of felt like we were herding sheep, but since there were no official breaks, school rules required our herding. In the beginning it was sometimes hard to get them to come when break was over. Once I told them to just think of me as their mother. One kid replied "I never do what my Mom tells me to do." "Then think of me as your Grandma," I said. "Ohhh, that's different," he replied. "I'd never cross my Grammy!" and he came along. I never really had problems with them after that.