Five Routine Minutes: I Get A Retirement DatePosted: July 18, 2012
About a week and a half ago, I told the people that I supervise about an appointment I had after work.
They were very happy for me.
I’ve been looking forward to this event. I’d leave the meeting knowing the day I would restart my life in a new direction.
As I left my office, something unexpected happened. I got emotional.
It was as if I was leaving for the last time. I had to do something to maintain my image. So I put my sunglasses on and snarled at a rookie who happened to be walking in the same door I was stepping out of.
Poor kid still doesn’t know what he did to earn that. Maybe I’ll tell him that he can pay it forward in thirty years.
I went to HR and met an administrator that I told you about not long ago. I’ve got a lot of confidence in her. She did not disappoint. She opened with exactly what I wanted to know – when I was going to retire.
Two days before my 52nd birthday!
There were numbers on spread sheets and lots of forms that I’ve never seen. Each one had my name on it. The Human Resources woman patiently explained all the parts that were new to me. That amounted to everything on the paperwork, except my name.
It was a scary and exciting meeting.
On November 1, 2013, an e-mail will go out. It will tell everyone who still works there that I’m gone. It won’t say that I miss them, and it won’t tell them that I’m happy. Both of those things will be true.
My career has been tough. I’m way too old to be doing it. The competition never gets older. But in the not so distant future…
Anyone have a job suggestion (besides “get one”)for a middle-aged man with a very specialized skill set?