Tuesday, April 7, 2009

It's Not the End of the World

As we left exams in college, someone would inevitably say, "Well, it's not the end of the world, just the end of a career."

I just ended a career. That was a week ago. Last night we went to my retirement dinner, thrown by my ex-coworkers. When we had our Christmas parties, we normally had about 18 people there. Last night a total of 32 people were at the party. The retirees I had previously worked with were all there except one who is in a nursing home. I was highly honored.

I was also totally blown away by all the gifts and the amount that was spent on me. There were multiple gift cards, presents and a money tree. Helen and I were picking the "fruits" of the tree for almost 30 minutes. Don't misunderstand me. I'm thrilled for the monetary gifts, but one I was hoping would be there was there. My manager presented me with a Texas flag that was flown over the state capitol the day I retired.

Standing there at the head of the table, wearing my hawaiian shirt, boar's tooth necklace and a large sash that said "Retired" I almost got emotional. It was really good to see so many people that were my coworkers going back 25 years.

I told them I hope to see them at the Christmas party, but now that I'm gone, I'm not sure they'll get it organized and planned.

Till then, I do have pictures.



Delirious said...

That's really nice. I actually think that it isn't so common these days to give a retirement party. That says alot about their feelings for you.

Nene said...

I agree - what a cool gift!

Inklings said...

That is nice and says a lot about you and the kind of person you are. And Dad will be so happy you had a retirement party. :0)

Amber said...

how cool! I think that was really sweet of them, what a cool way to go out! :)

Native Minnow said...

I think it's great that you're moving on to the next chapter of your life. However, it doesn't seem like you should be of retirement age. Just sayin'.