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Retirement Day

I went to work in jeans – against the rules.  I’m sorry Mr. Vidak, it was my last day, and I figured, “Why not be comfortable?  I wasn’t going anywhere.  Nobody but my friends would see me, and they wouldn’t care.”

It turned out that I was wrong.  Sonia cared.  “Don’t you think you should go home and change clothes?”

“No, why I’m comfortable?”  I answered a little irritated that she would even suggest it!!!  Keep in mind that I am out of the classroom, and my office is the very back office in what looks like a library and student events warehouse.   Ok, it is a library and student events warehouse, but we live there, too.  (and love being there, BTW)  So why would anyone even know I was wearing jeans, unless Sonia called the jeans police on me?

“But what if someone was planning to take you to a really special place for lunch?” she persisted.

“Are you planning to take me to lunch?”

“I might be.” she answered somewhat hesitantly.

“Are you?” I was really getting irritated now.

“No,” at least she was honest. “But you might want to go somewhere for dinner.  Do you have plans for dinner?”  What I didn’t know was that she was getting desperate. She had plans to get her hair done, not take me to lunch.  She was no longer my secretary, and secretaries are always the ones who plan retirement parties.  I had no secretary any more, so I wasn’t expecting anything except a piece of birthday/retirement cake at our monthly meeting.

With Paula’s help Sonia finally convinced me.  It was less time-consuming to stay in town and go shopping, so Paula helped me, and I came back decently dressed for my non-existent party.  Glenn ordered lunch and we sat at the table in the most warehousy part of the office and enjoyed a wonderful lunch.  (But I was still irritated about getting dressed up for it!!!)

The rest of the day went as I had planned it.  Writing notes for a new person that would take my place, cleaning all the personal pictures and information off my computer, and other last-minute tasks.  I was there until almost 6:00 when my husband and I were planning to meet his business partner and girlfriend for dinner.

We walked to the restaurant from his office.  As we walked in the door, I saw my friend Janet sitting next to my friend Melissa from Fresno (out-of-town).  Then I saw Glenn.  Paula had planned this all for about three weeks.So much fun!  It was all about ME!!!  “I bet you are glad you wore your new blue dress now, aren’t you?” wrote Sonia in the VERY long note on her card!!!  I almost had tears in my eyes reading her card while everyone around me was talking and laughing.Then Laura presented me with a box of just-baked snicker doodle cookies – my favorites cookies, which I promptly hid under a napkin on my lap.  I don’t share well!!!  It wouldn’t be polite to share when there wasn’t enough for everybody.My longest long-time (not oldest) friends had prepared a History Day skit for me with me as the HD entry.  I ended up winning the “All That” Award and a bag of chips.The entire evening was so wonderful, and I’ll never be mad at Sonia again for insisting that I dress up for “work”.  Oh, that’s right I don’t go to work now.What ever am I going to do?

 

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  1. You must be a great person for so many friends to make the time and put in so much effort to throw this amazing party for you ^-^
    happy retirement!
    Mrs B…..all the way from the lovely UK 🙂

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    • Thanks for the nice comment. I am blessed to have so many wonderful friends. I can’t believe they surprised me! It was so much fun. Thanks for reading, Mr. B. all the way from the lovely UK.

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  2. I loved reading your retirement story!!! I would have loved to have seen your face when you knew the party was all for YOU!! And Sonia is a pretty cool chick to keep on you to change your clothes…loved it! Wishing you all of God’s bountiful blessings Marsha and enjoy every minute of it!! Love you
    Anita

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  3. The blue dress looks great on you. Gorgeous!!! Happy times with friends and family. Congratulations on the retirement. Now you get to explore and discover things and places with all the time to spare. Honestly, I’m looking forward for retirement. I imagine sitting by the beach with my wife just letting time go by. No pressures, no stress, just the sea and a world of bliss or I could be asking too, “what now?” For sure, we have the blogging world to keep us busy. Have a beautiful weekend!

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    • Sounds wonderful. I’m hoping the same thing – West coast, not east, but definitely the same general idea. Thanks for the well wishes and the compliment. I’m excited, and I’ll be wishing for wonderful tings in you and your family’s lives as well.

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  4. Hmmm….You are looking simple and lovely in that blue dress….Yes will surely tell my mom about you today 🙂

    Teachers will never have retirement as every human being is a learner(student) till death ….isn’t it ?… .:-)

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    • YOU are NOT going to miss me!!! Sorry that’s not going to happen! Ok maybe I won’t be THERE quite as often, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to give you a CHANCE to miss me!!! Thanks for the BEST party EVER!!!!!!

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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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