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Old 01-28-2018, 06:28 AM
 
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After an intense week of totally unexpected heartfelt goodbyes and well wishes and food and gifts and and... I am retired. Forty-nine years of working and no more. It's surreal and most welcome.

I didn't realize what a fixture I've been all over my hospital, working on different units every night for so many years and so many nights. The outpouring of well wishes and everything has really bowled me over. I think I'm the first "floater" to work so many years (usually people float briefly and then quit or go to one unit) and I've gotten to know so many people because of this. One coworker told me tonight that I already look ten years younger- it must be anticipatory relaxation. One night of real sleep gets rid of that night shift pallor that we all have.

I drove down the hill for the last time after turning in my keys and badge, following pizza and brownies from a coworker and an offer from the supervisor to go home early if I wanted to because I'd had enough good byes. It seemed fitting not to see the chattering day shift dashing in, but to leave in the quiet night. To those who say they are envious, I point out that "all you have to do is keep coming to work and get old, like me," (if they are people in the pension plan) and for those younger ones, especially the underpaid ancillary staff, I just thank them for their work and hear their dreams for better work or "if I didn't have to work, I'd join___/do____." I hear everyone's daydreams when I explain how I'm moving to Colorado. I think people are more intrigued by that move than interested in the retirement!

I have never felt so well regarded in my life. I certainly didn't expect most of this. People say they want to get together before I leave for Colorado in April, and I say, "You're the one with the schedule. Let me know when, because I don't have to be anywhere or do anything for the next two to three months!" Not that I had much requirements, with my solitary life with dogs, but working nights took everything out of me.Work feed dogs, veg. That's about it and it gets harder as you get older, as we've all noticed.

I'm retired! It's finally over!
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Old 01-28-2018, 06:31 AM
 
Location: Grove City, Ohio
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Congrats!
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Old 01-28-2018, 06:34 AM
 
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best of luck
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Old 01-28-2018, 06:39 AM
 
Location: SC
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Enjoy. Rest, relax and then find a good hobby ASAP.
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Old 01-28-2018, 06:42 AM
 
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Congratulations!

I hope to join you....(in about 8 years)
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Old 01-28-2018, 06:45 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Congratulations!

And Welcome to Colorado
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Old 01-28-2018, 06:55 AM
 
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Welcome to the Club!!!
ENJOY COLORADO! It's great where you're going!!
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Old 01-28-2018, 06:58 AM
 
Location: Central Connecticut
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Yay! Congrats!
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Old 01-28-2018, 07:03 AM
 
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A long and happy retirement to you.
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Old 01-28-2018, 07:05 AM
 
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Congratulations well deserved. Now enjoy Colorado
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