Saturday, June 12, 2010

I'm no longer saying I'm retiring in some number of days. Now it's a week from next Friday. And since I'm taking sick leave days on both Tuesdays, and vacation leave on the last afternoon, it's only seven and a half more days.

In a recent blog comment someone suggested I mark Friday the 25th with some kind of celebration. I thought it might be fun to take the ferry to the San Juan Islands, have a wonderful dinner and stay overnight in a B&B, coming home on Saturday.

I suggested this to my husband Art last night. I thought he'd say, "Whatever you want". But instead, he raised his eyebrows and look baffled. "Why?" he asked me.

"This is such a big deal after all these years of working," I said, without recalling until I finished my sentence that he retired on April 28 after over 40 years in the workforce and we had no such celebration.

Art was silent for a moment. I figured he was thinking about how to celebrate. Then he said, grinning, "We could put the flag out."

The flag. Memorial Day and Labor Day and July 4 our flag waves from its stand outside our bedroom window.

We stood in the kitchen with our arms around each other and laughed. And laughed some more.

Am I taking myself too seriously or what?


Sniffles and Smiles said...

Oh, congratulations!!! I'm so thrilled for you! Thank you for stopping by! I'm delighted to meet you! I would love to keep track of your new grand adventure! I hope you won't mind if I add myself to your follower list! I see you follow Rosaria at sixtyfivewhatnow...she is a wonderful lady, and so I know you and I will get along very well as well! Have a fabulous weekend and LAST week of work!! Cheers! ~Janine XO

#1Nana said...

I think the flag is a great idea! ...and a BBQ and a bonfire in the back yard. Burn some symbol of what shackled you to work...your day planner, or alarm clock, or high heeled shoes. Some sort of ceremony is in order. I know you will enjoy it over here on the sunny side of life.

Jo said...

Oh, congratulations...! Well, I think you should go to the San Juan Islands to celebrate both your retirements. Besides, who needs an excuse to go to the San Juan Islands...?

I like your blog. I'm glad you found me... :-)

Teresa Evangeline said...

I love Jann's idea, a ceremony of sorts, and yes, fly the flag, the Flag of Freedom, and declare it a whole new Independence Day!

Linda Myers said...

And here I thought Art was teasing me! I'm hoping for an enhanced sense of humor and spontaneity when I'm no longer working.

Deb Shucka said...

Too funny! The flag is a great idea, but so is the San Juans. So much happiness ahead for you both.

Lorna said...

Congratulations on your retirement, Linda! Nice to meet you by the way, glad you wandered by my blog. I left a reply back there for you. I'm with Deb; I hope you get to the San Juans :)

Anything Fits A Naked Man said...

WOW! It's just right around the corner, isn't it? How exciting! I say, put out the flag, shoot off some fireworks, and drink a toast!! You deserve it!! Congratulations!