Friday, July 31, 2015

D Day

This is last day of employment!  I couldn't sleep last night because I had to replay 28 years in my head all night.  I just remembered every little thing that I have experienced here through the years.  So, I'm tired!

First person I talked to this morning after I arrived was my best friend Linda.  She was already crying and of course that put me into the ugly cry.   Linda is about 13 years my junior but we've been close friends over 25 years.  Originally she worked on the evening shift and we didn't meet until someone told her call me for twin advice.  She had 2 year old twin girls at the time.  I got a call and heard this young woman sniffling on the other end of the line.  She told me who she was and then started crying.  She said, "I have two year old twins and I don't even know if I like them."  I had to not laugh out loud.  I assured her that there would be many times she wouldn't know if she liked them but she would always love them!  Then I reminded her that she had never been the mother of 2 year old twins before and she should give herself a little slack.

We've been best friends ever since.

Those twins of hers are beautiful grown women.  One is an RN and the other a Physician's Assistant.  They have both made Linda a grandmother.  Great Girls!

I have some wonderful friends here at the hospital!  I will miss them all!


Olga Hebert said...

Tears are expected on your last day. Give yourself some time to adjust. In my experience it takes about five minutes to a day.

Aunt Betsy said...

Enjoy retirement and remember, you can do lunch with those friends!!! It will be great!

Tom Sightings said...

Congrats! Retirement has its bittersweet moments ... but it doesn't take long for the sweet to win out over the bitter!

Betty said...

Congratulations. You're gonna love retirement - when you get over the feeling that you're either on an extended vacation, or on sick leave. Then, it finally occurs to you that you aren't going back to work, and you'll really feel the freedom.