SOLSC Day 2
When I was teaching we had a 30 minute duty free lunch. In that 30 minutes I had to walk my students down to the cafeteria, stop in the office to pick up my mail, talk to the office staff of course, walk back to the faculty room, get my lunch, sit down, and eat. By the time I sat down to eat my 30 minute lunch was down to 20 minutes.
Now that I am retired I no longer have that rush to finish and get back to my classroom before the students are dismissed from the cafeteria. However, I still, even after six years, find myself sometimes inhaling my food.
So, it is a nice treat when twice a month Kathy and I go out to lunch with two different groups. One group consists of retired teachers I taught with and the other group is retired teachers I went to college with.
On Thursday we met with the people I worked with. The number of people showing up fluctuates from month to month depending on what is happening in everyone’s lives. There can be anywhere from 4 to 12 people. On Thursday there were 6 of us.
Because of the small number we sat at a round table instead of one of the long ones. This made conversation really nice because we could talk to everyone not just those sitting next to us or across from us as we do at a long table.
What is even nicer about our monthly get togethers is that we pick a restaurant that doesn’t rush us. Because we go to the same restaurant every month the staff knows that we like to sit and talk over lunch. They are fine with this. As a result, instead of a 30 minute lunch our lunch takes 2 hours.
It is just so nice to sit, relax, be waited on, and catch up with old friends. This is truly on of the perks of retirement.