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Retirement - Day 1

Friday, May 01, 2020

I have retired after 30 years working as an Administrative Secretary for our regional government. Yesterday was my last day. I went to the office early in the morning so that I could talk to my boss before everyone else showed up. I haven't seen my boss since March since I've been working from home since March 24 and I love my boss. Of all the people at work, he is the one I will miss most. And, I know we're supposed to be keeping 6 feet from everyone but I got two hugs from him regardless and I'm okay with that. Yes, I have a weakened immune system but I'm sure he's healthy. He's been my boss for 3 years and he's never been sick and I wanted those hugs.

I was supposed to have a big retirement party last night but that obviously didn't happen in this new pandemic world but I sent a Goodbye email to everyone in our section plus some people that I used to work with for a total of 112 recipients and 48 of them replied back to me so I thought that was pretty good. And, I received lots of nice messages and in some ways, this is better because now I have their written comments rather than trying to remember what people said at a party and besides that, I didn't end up in tears, which is how I thought the evening might end.

Here's what the email said:

Good morning.

Today is my last full day working for the City of Hamilton. While I am sad that my last couple of months didn’t pan out the way I had intended them to and that I’m not going to get my party, I am happy it’s almost over.

It took this pandemic to teach me that work is fun. And, you know what makes it fun? You. The people. Working from home for the past almost 2 months has been hard and boring. I got lots of good work completed but it was not fun.

I hope all of you appreciate working for the City. I believe it is truly one of the best places to work. And, I am very happy that I spent the past almost 30 years working here.

I’ve worked with a lot of our staff over the years in my various roles, e.g. Joint Health & Safety Committee, Operators’ Licences and Training, Culture Committee, etc. and I’ve gotten to know a lot of you, which makes it doubly sad that I won’t get to say goodbye in person.

Regardless, I wish all the best to all of you today and forever more.

It’s been fun.

Joanna ❤

My previous boss said the email was insightful. emoticon

My husband and I didn't do anything special yesterday but I did finish a book (Feeding My Mother by Jann Arden) and I did have a nap. And, I got high. Now this is something that I don't talk about much here on SparkPeople but I have a medical licence for marijuana and getting high is what I do to relax and/or celebrate rather than drinking alcohol, which I've never personally cared for.

But, for my first day of retirement, I started learning how to grow cannabis and planted my first 2 seeds. My husband grows for me currently but I want to learn, too so that I can A) help him and B) can take over if he can't for some reason.

After that was done, we went to the bank to deposit our income tax cheques. Then we came home and had lunch and I had another nap.

When I got up from my nap, I sat and read my book for about an hour until it was time for my husband to go and get our dinners from a local steakhouse that is offering curbside delivery during the pandemic.

Here are some photos of the dinner and some of the loot I got:

Dinner was wonderful. Good steak tastes so good. I had ordered an 8 ounce filet mignon but only ate half so I have some left for tomorrow.

I'm excited to get started on this next stage of my life but for the first month, I'm planning on doing only what I want to do, which will include lots of reading and hiking. We're supposed to have a gorgeous weekend with lots of sunshine and warmer temps so I'm looking forward to getting out and enjoying it.
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    203 days ago
    CONGRATULATIONS on your retirement! Wow! I was in nursing for over 30 years. Still can’t seem to shake it off. Once a nurse always a nurse. I’m sure some of the excellent skills you learned over the years you will find valuable as well, but this time it will be purely from the heart. It’s a good feeling.

    I was a teenager in the 60’s.weed was illegal, but i do confess I know some growing tips. Really good ones. It’s not something I would choose to do today, but I’m glad it is finding it’s way out of being the link to the cartel. Let the criminals enjoy digging their tunnels to nowhere now. Lol.
    Again. Life is grand no matter where you’ve been, where you are where your going. It’s not the where it’s the who inside

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    203 days ago
  • AURA18
    emoticon emoticon + emoticon = 30 emoticon Read and Hike are my favorites. emoticon enjoy!
    208 days ago
    Happy Retirement, Joanna! Your email is beautiful, and you are so right - working alone is just work, but working with people makes it fun to go to work. But you have good times ahead for you in your life of leisure! Enjoy each and every day.
    209 days ago
  • BATGURL250
    Happy retirement!
    209 days ago
    Happy Retirement! emoticon emoticon
    209 days ago
    Congratulations Joanna!

    What a lovely email to your co-workers. I'm sure you are going to miss your job in many different ways. But enjoy your retirement. It will be exciting to see what each day will bring and how much fun you will have rediscovering you.

    210 days ago
    Enjoy retirement!!!
    210 days ago
  • RETAT60
    Spectacular! Congratulations on 30 years of fun! Enjoy every day of life, doing whatever you please and have FUN!
    210 days ago
    Good luck on your retirement! emoticon
    210 days ago
  • 4CYNDI
    Congratulations on your retirement. Enjoy and relax.
    210 days ago
    Congratulations on your retirement! I hope that you enjoy yourself! All; the cards were very nice. It always helps to have a good boss and coworkers that you will miss I am sure to have worked with all those years. Good luck on your planting. I hope it goes well.
    210 days ago
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