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Old 06-10-2014, 08:53 PM
 
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So a senior manager at my office recently retired. On the last day of work, they had a get together at a restaurant. I had a prior engagement and could no attend. On my way out that day, I said something like "I'm sorry I can't make it, it's been a pleasure..." Then, I said I wished years of bliss." After I said it, I immediately regretted it, it sounded awkward. Is it appropriate to wish someone "many years of bliss in retirement"? I've heard of wishing people bliss in marriage but this felt weird. And then I felt bad about it especially because this is a relatively young person who may not have wanted to retire just yet. Anyway, I'm not sure if this was an appropriate thing to say and what a better wish would have been.
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Old 06-10-2014, 09:09 PM
 
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Yes it was a nice thing to say and I am sure he took it that way. I would have thought; what a nice original wish.
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Old 06-10-2014, 09:29 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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I think "years of bliss" is a perfectly lovely thing to wish someone, and it would be difficult to imagine anyone taking it in a negative way. It's cute.
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Old 06-10-2014, 09:42 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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I think "bliss" is a perfectly acceptable word. Maybe there is a better one to express your exact sentiment, but I sure wouldn't waste any time worrying about it. You did just fine.
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Old 06-10-2014, 09:46 PM
 
Location: Sacramento
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I agree, nothing wrong with the comment at all.

Put it out of your mind, it was fine.
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Old 06-10-2014, 10:01 PM
 
Location: zippidy doo dah
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Now I'm trying to think of all the things one might wish someone upon their retirement................

Don't feel too bad for thinking you might have said something odd ..............the postal lady was delivering my mail on a particularly beautiful day - I mean, a perfectly WONDERFUL spring day and somehow we conversed about life in general and she revealed that her husband had died of cancer in recent years.......being somewhat brain dead at the moment, having spent too many days planting plants in my newly-dug beds, I told her how sorry I was for her loss and that I was sure that God gave this beautiful spring day to deliver mail in just for her....................

the weather has now turned hot - horribly horribly hot and humid and the sun is brutal and much too summer-like to be fair - and I can't even go in the front yard without provoking vertigo etc and it crossed my mind that the mail lady must wonder if she has done something terrible now to warrant these brutal scorching days.................although I doubt the mail lady has given my pronouncement a second thought.....

I will never again suggest that I have any inside knowledge as to the mind of God concerning weather................

so "bliss in retirement " seems fairly tame. I'll take bliss any day of the week- send some my way

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Old 06-11-2014, 07:09 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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Bliss is the first word that comes to my mind when I think retirement.
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Old 06-11-2014, 10:55 AM
 
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Bliss is the first word that comes to my mind when I think retirement.
Gotta agree blissful describes our life these days.
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Old 06-11-2014, 12:09 PM
 
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I'd be thrilled if someone wishes me "bliss" for my retirement, although a female might "get it" more than a male, but either way, it's good. All I get is "what are you going to do????" which makes me even happier that I only have a few weeks left. Talk about not getting it...
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Old 06-11-2014, 01:19 PM
 
Location: Edina, MN, USA
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I'd be thrilled if someone wishes me "bliss" for my retirement, although a female might "get it" more than a male, but either way, it's good. All I get is "what are you going to do????" which makes me even happier that I only have a few weeks left. Talk about not getting it...
Loveautumn - I wish you many years of nothing but total mind boggling bliss when you retire
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