How I Spent My First Day of Retirement
Kind of sounds like the composition topic the nuns used to give when I was in elementary school. I knew that this day was coming and I must admit that I had given some thought to how I would spend the day.
Would I get up early because my body’s school clock had always been set for 4:30?
Would I sit at the table enjoying a cup of coffee as I watched the school bus pick up the neighbor across the street? Would I still be in bed with a smile on my face as the bus came and went?
Well, none of these things happened. I did set the alarm for 6:00, not because of loyalty to my former co-workers, but because my wife was scheduled for an eye laser treatment. She had cloudiness in her left eye. She was scheduled for an 8:30 but we had to be at the surgery center for 8:00. Everything went well and we were out of there by 10:30. We were both hungry since we didn’t have much of a breakfast before we left. A stop at Dunkin Donuts was called for. After a cup of coffee and a chocolate chip muffin, I felt a whole lot better.
We decided to come home then because we were both a bit tired. I admit that I am not used to getting up at 6:00. We both took a little nap. I know, whip me with a wet noodle.
We then had to get ready for dinner. I had decided in June that when the first day of school rolled around I was going to treat myself to dinner at the Harvest at the Hotel Hershey. I thought that this would be a good way to celebrate what I am considering as my first day of retirement. I knew that there was a chocolate martini (is there a chocolate theme going on here?) and a Salmon fillet with my name on it.
Did I miss the excitement of meeting new students? Yes, a little. Will I miss the great staff I worked with? Definitely. Do I have second thoughts about retiring? Not at all.
In July the Capital Area Writing Project Summer Institute met at the Hershey Gardens for a morning writing marathon. I was fortunate enough to be able to join them. My mind was on retirement even then so here is something I wrote in the Garden. Haven’t done any work on it since then.
R – Realizing that the alarm no longer needs to be set.
E – Entering a new and exciting phase of life.
T- Trading shirt, jacket, and tie for tee shirts and sweats.
I –Inventing creative names for doing nothing at all.
R – Recognizing that time, for the most part, no longer plays an important part in the scheme of the day.
E – Entertaining thoughts of what needs to be done, but choosing to do whatever I want.
M – Meandering from room, project to project, sometimes accomplishing nothing at all.
E –Eating lunch when I wan t, not just because the clock strikes 11:28.
N –Needing less, but having so much more.
T – Thinking, “Why did I wait so long?”
Now it’s time to start thinking about the rest of my life. First up – the presentation I am doing at the PCTELA conference at State College in October. If you get a chance to go, please stop and say “Hello.”