What's better than TGIF?
When you have the day off. It's a happy.
I love being home.....and I enjoy the rain we've had. The lawn went from brown to green after just one day of the rain. My perennials are cropping up everywhere. It's a pleasure watching everything coming back to life. We've had a good winter but now it is time to love spring.
This spring is a special one for me. I am retiring on May 10th. I hadn't been thinking of retiring but then one day it occurred to me.....it's time. And from that moment I have drifted in and out emotions of knowing I am close to a life change and I am looking forward to it.
As the days go by, I'm having melancholy thoughts. So many years. It began 4.26.65 when I started working as a co-op at Blue Cross. I remember the day I went for my interview. It was raining. I was nervous. Going to downtown Detroit for an interview at Blue Cross at their main office on Jefferson Avenue....wow. And I got the job. So, I went to school in the morning and worked in the afternoon. It was a balancing act but it worked for me. I worked in the Medical Department, working with R.N.'s and clericals. I met so many wonderful people. And as fate would have it, I was re-united with someone I went to first and second grade with at Guardian Angels Catholic School in Detroit. And we have remained best friends to this day. ♥
I stayed with Blue Cross for 15 years before working at a local hospital where I am retiring from after 32 years. You know, work is work. But.....it's really much more than that. It is about the experiences. The memories. And it is about the people.....and those that you become close to. The ones that you are going to miss desperately. And this is where my thoughts are focused on as these last days go by. I am already missing these special people immensely. My eyes well up with tears. Of course my routine is going to change. I am not having any regrets, because I know it is time. I am ready. I have worked so long and it is all I really know. But I will miss these people that have become such a part of me. We will stay connected, but it will be different. Remember high school graduation time? All the promises about staying friends. And then what happened? Everyone scattered....going their own ways. It's how it is. But with retirement, in a time with so much media connection available to us, I know I will stay in touch with these special people. Yes, it will be different, but I'm up for it.
As the next four weeks wind down, I will drift in and out of melancholy moments - this I know. But it's my time to move forward into my next chapter. And I am excited.
Have a great weekend everyone.