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.