"This is the first moment I've had to sit for a second and let you know how the day went. Once I got it out of my system to you I prayed every moment before leaving the house that I would not cry. I prayed once I got to work. I dropped a couple of little gifts and some cards off to my friends before 8am so they would be at their desks when they arrived at work. Then I didn't cry anymore. I spend an hour or so getting some old adoption stuff, addresses of families, names, photos etc off my computer. I heard from two of the adoptive families I still keep in touch with...sweet sweet emails. Had a big lunch with friends from work, they invited me; my boss treated me. I went down at the appointed hour with my best work friend to the party. Several were there but many more showed up. We kept waiting on my sister, who was about 15 minutes late. All the sudden she walks in the door. I hug her and sit back down. She acts a little funny, then comes to sit down. I look around and my fantasy comes true. Little Hays comes toddling thru the door! and J (my daughter) and J (X husband) follow. It was truly wonderful. I felt so blessed. We spend the evening together and they are leaving after breakfast in the morning. Overall, its' been a great day Them being there kept me focused off the actual leaving the office for the last time...shutting down my computer...leaving a forwarded voice mail. John stayed til I left and walked out with me . In my apartment later I hugged him and thanked him for coming and he told me he knew it was where he was suppose to be today! So, there it is
A good day after all. I have a downstairs full of sweet gifts and cards and saw a room full of people who wished me well me well and my condo filled with people I love, my family.
God is good."
So there you go. The day could not have been much more perfect unless my bnl had been able to be there too. He was out of town. I am blessed though and the day was too.
We all had breakfast together day one of retirement then my family went back south. It was wintery outside went to feed my pony (not nice enough to ride) and then I lit my fireplace and unpacked boxes the rest of the day. My sister invited me for chicken and dumplings and the World Series that evening. Another good day.
More about retirement in the days to come.
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