Saturday, April 5, 2008

A Week of Lasts

 

Brace yourselves, everyone, because this coming week, it's going to start sinking in that I'm on the verge of retirement. I've already started thinking the phrase "This is the last time I'll...." Some snuck up on me, because I didn't know the bench schedule for the coming week. I've already worked the Enterics bench for the last time. I've run my last batch of PCR tests. I've more than likely pulled my last positive blood culture. I've identified my last roundworm. We didn't have a meeting last week, and I'm off this Tuesday, so I've already experienced my last departmental meeting. (I'm not overly sad about that one, although meetings aren't as bad as they were under the previous manager...they'd go on for an hour and a half, and absolutely nothing would be accomplished. There were times when I was concerned for my sanity.)

Pam brought in a cheesecake today for my "last weekend." Aww, that was so sweet of her! (The cheesecake was sweet, too!) Thanks, Pam! Today I worked my last Saturday.

When my pal Jim came in at 3 PM, he was asking me if I was getting excited, or all happy and giddy, or what. I said, "You know, it's actually kind of the opposite." As I started talking, I started tearing up and said, "I keep getting choked up, and see? I'm doing it right now! Shut up, dammit!" Then we laughed, but he knew what I meant. We had a nice little talk about how it feels to do something for so long, and will I miss it? I said sure I would, and I'll still find it interesting--I have a book about Yellow Fever in my stack to read--but I won't have the daily grind to deal with. We talked about Carol, who after 40+ years in Microbiology, retired a few years ago. She's having a ball, and I said I think it's because she has so many diverse interests (not to mention helping a lot of her elderly friends). Carol never had the attitude that Microbiology was the entirety of her life, any more than my Dad ever felt that he had nothing but the National Guard in his life. From what I've seen of people I know who have retired, a healthy interest in many things and a general curiosity about life is necessary for a happy adjustment from working to...NOT. I think I'm okay in that area.

We were planning on getting together after work on my last day, but Jillian is working evenings and said, "I'd really like to be there..." and I said, "I want to you be there, too!" So we agreed to plan something when it works for the most who want to go. After all, most of my days will be free for the moment!

It's starting to sink in....

9 comments:

cayasm said...

How do you mean retiring surely your too young unless you've won some triple state lottery or are you just leaving this particular job?.

Yasmin
xx

madcobug said...

Congratulations upon your retirement. You surely look to young to be retiring. Helen

jimsulliv3 said...

Gee, when you retire, you can post more often <grin>

Jimmy

mpnaz58 said...

You are fortunate to be able to retire at such a young age.  I'm sure you will be busier than ever, but it'll a a busy that YOU want to do, of things that YOU enjoy.  After you clean and re-organize your house from top to bottom, read every book you currently have, and garden every inch of soil on your land, a week would have gone by, now...what will you do??
xoxo ~Myra

fremoris said...

Beth,
I say, “You go, girl!”  Kiss ‘em all goodbye and don’t look back.  Enjoy your retirement and whatever you do, don’t do what I did: In a moment’s weakness a while ago I agreed to check some structural steel engineering drawings for a friend of mine.  Now I’m ankle deep in gnarly fractions and trigonometry when I should be walking around the neighborhood looking at the daffodils or snoozing in the LA-Z-Boy.  So if they ask you to come back to “fill in on the weekends,” tell them you wouldn’t know a facultative anaerobe from twenty-two bucks a month.  Kick back, look at the turkeys, and enjoy yourself.
xoxoxo
Uncle Bill

luvrte66 said...

Myra wrote: "After you clean and re-organize your house from top to bottom, read every book you currently have, and garden every inch of soil on your land, a week would have gone by, now...what will you do??"

I'm goin' to Disney World! LOL

Myra, your comment really did make me laugh out loud. I only WISH I had that much energy, to get all that done in a week!

Beth

buckoclown said...

Yes dear, please plant every square inch of our eleven acres :o)  
Teamwork is a wonderful thing, during the first part of our marriage, Beth carried the load.  Now, I get to carry the load, and I am glad to do so.  No lottery, no sudden winfalls, just lots of planning and teamwork to get to the point that one of us does not need to work.  You Go Girl!

luvrte66 said...

Bill wrote: So if they ask you to come back to “fill in on the weekends,” tell them you wouldn’t know a facultative anaerobe from twenty-two bucks a month.

Bill, you have no idea how true that is. I've seen it happen often...you agree to fill in on weekends "as needed," and next thing you know, you're working every other weekend for the next 6 months.

I think everyone at my job knows that I really don't want to be called to fill in for weekends or any other time. They know I'm done, and I'm fairly sure that there are no hard feelings. I couldn't ask for more than that.

Thanks for your comment!

Beth

rdautumnsage said...

((Hugs)) It will take awhile to sink in. At first you'll find yourself getting up early automatically, just because. Yes, you will find yourself in a frenzy to keep busy...but eventually you begin to relax, maybe let the dishes go a little longer, because your finally able to choose to do something just for you. At that moment it all makes sense and has that sweet ring of freedom to it. Then you finally be able to enjoy it for all it's worth.

Then again It's been 4 years for me and I'm still running around like a chicken with my head cut off. Although in my defense I'm busy donating my time to those things I never had time to do before. You find your nitch or just enjoy the exploration trying to learn something new and discover a different one. (Hugs) Indigo