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Lunch With Friends

Thursday, September 26, 2013

I met these three ladies for Lunch at Applebee's yesterday. I used to lunch with them almost every day when I was working. We ate hundreds and hundreds of lunches together in our coffee room/lunchroom in Filley Hall over the 25 years when we all worked there at the same time. Between us all, we have over 100 years of service to the University of Nebraska--all in the Department of Ag. Economics. Two of us have retired, one transferred to a neighboring building on Campus and one of us is still working. She recently hit her 25th anniversary and got her gold watch. I told her, "Retire ALREADY!" She would like to retire, her husband is almost 80 and she realizes her time with him is limited. I'm so glad I retired. Sure, it makes for a very uncertain future, especially with regards to our health insurance, but I have loved the last 9 months more than I ever imagined. I am here at home, almost every day, and have lots of time to do whatever I want. I seem to get much less done than I used to when I was working full-time, but that's okay, there's always tomorrow! And...I can spend time with my Du when he is home. That time is very precious to me now.

These two are the ladies who are not retired yet.

The two of us that are lucky enough to be retired.

Because we worked together for so many years, we know just about everything there is to know about each other. We know family members, their histories, marriages, divorces (although the four of us have been married for a combined 164 years--no divorces with us), we have history! We know the personalities of all the professors and others who work(ed) in our department and it's fun to catch up. Since one of us is still working in the Department where we all used to be employed, she can keep us up-to-date on all the latest news.

I suppose when we can get everyone retired (one of us is about 7 years younger, so she has some time left to work), we will have to wear red hats and purple dresses to our luncheons. That would be fine, I always envied those groups of Red Hat Ladies we would see when we were out at restaurants, they seemed to be having such a good time.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JILL313 9/26/2013 11:34PM

    I'm really happy you're retired and enjoying every minute of it. That's great you get together with your former co-workers as they do often become close to us. I've been retired for about 5 years and also Love it but it does seem like I'm far less organized now and usually don't have much to show for a day except Loving it and life and my family and friends. Our days on earth are numbered so I'm glad I've had this time without working to enjoy. Take good care.

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CLPURNELL 9/26/2013 10:26PM


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SNOWYOGA 9/26/2013 6:23PM

    emoticon And love the pictures and the Red hat!

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BEBOP4ME 9/26/2013 5:00PM


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KERRYG155 9/26/2013 11:32AM

    It is fun to enjoy lunch or any time with good friends. Hope you get to enjoy many more.

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KRISSYDUNN 9/26/2013 11:31AM

    What fun, and dahlin' you look marrrvelous!

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 9/26/2013 10:32AM

    Good time!
Glad you are getting out and enjoying yourself!
These ladies are like family! You spent as much, if not more, time with them!
Have a great weekend!

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MSLZZY 9/26/2013 10:05AM

    Looks like a fun group of ladies and the combined years of marriage is staggering by today's standards. Keep having those lunch dates and enjoy your time together.

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KIMPY225 9/26/2013 9:28AM

    Very nice pictures! I am glad you got to have lunch with those ladies again! emoticon

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NEWME654 9/26/2013 8:51AM

    Such a fun lunch day! It's so nice to have that connection with the people you worked with. I'm sure it made going to work every day a little more enjoyable :)

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