Saturday, June 16, 2018

It has been only a week!

The coffee tastes especially good this morn. After a week of sunny and lovely days, we have rain. I don't mind. Everything is getting a good drink (especially the new perennial garden I just put in) and without me hauling hoses. I have been retired for only a week but it feels so much longer. I was able to get a lot done and it is surprising how much energy and time I had given to my job and now can put toward my home. I painted steps, potted up annuals and moved some plants around. Totally caught up on laundry and made the house ship shape. It feels so good!

May 31st will forever be a very special day for me. It was Willard Alternative High School's graduation and a Special Goodbye to me. I was completely in the dark, but the school planned a surprise for me and how a whole school could keep such a secret is beyond me. But they did! I didn't realize anything was happening until my good friend and Librarian at the school, took the stage and started to mention me, then she asked my youngest up to the stage (she always attends the grad with me) to say a few words. Uh oh, I was in for it....lol She had us all in tears, and at the end they presented me with a gift basket full of gift cards to all my favorite places and a book that the whole school had written in with all their wonderful sentiments. But that was not all, I was greeted by a standing ovation and my husband and oldest daughter were there with a bouquet of flowers. Wow! To say I was overwhelmed was an understatement. Is this place great or what?! And I made the 10:00 news too!...lol

The following week was a hard one. Time to clean and close down my kitchen for the last time. Lots of good-byes and on the last day my children showed up with flowers and a balloon bouquet that they put on my car. Even my hubby came by to wish me well.  With tears and hugs, I left the staff and students and when I closed my door for the final time, I strangely did not feel sad, but I felt excited. What lies next in my life? Always, Kit


oldgreymareprimitives said...

Congratulations! Your take away? You are loved and loved well <3

Sandi said...

You are loved! :)

Blondie's Journal said...

You totally deserve that warm hearted send off! You impacted a lot of lives. Now it is time for you and I can see you are using it well. Remember to stop and smell those sweet flowers. Get a hammock and some summer reads...you need to establish good long, relaxing techniques!

You look lovely and vibrant in your pics! :)

Jane x

Angie said...

Kit - congratulations! Based on what I have read about your work in the last year, I am not the least bit surprised that you were feted with such style. You clearly deserve it!!!

And now the real fun begins. You will soon wonder how you ever had time for work!

To answer your question - we have hiked to the Granite Park Chalet via the Highline Trail - we went last summer from Logan Pass to the Loop. Awesome!

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Congratulations!! It was so nice that you were recognized at this year's graduation. I spent the first three years after I retired doing all the things around the house that I didn't have time to do when I worked. Somehow, my mind finally adjusted to the fact that I could actually spend a day doing absolutely nothing and not feel guilty.

Be well and be happy.
xx, Carol

Liz D said...

What a beautiful thank you celebration! You are loved---and will be so missed. The good news is you are having a ball, all that free time and energy. Enjoy all the years ahead with your lovely family, dear Kit.

Junell said...

What a wonderful way to celebrate you! I’m so glad I got to be a part of something so special. 😘

Pom Pom said...

I know that excited feeling! Way to go, Kit! A job well done with love and enthusiasm that blessed so many people!

Susan said...

Kit,if anyone deserved to be honored and cherished upon retirement, it is you! You have given so much of your heart to your job and the kids at the school. Now it is time for YOU! Isn't it wonderful to be able to just do things around home? I remember the first time I drove to a store in the middle of an afternoon. It was like breaking out of prison! I did not have to ask a supervisor permission! I opened the windows of the car and just drove along, happier than a lark! Have a WONDERFUL retirement, my friend. You sure deserve it. Susan

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

How lovely that they honored you on your retirement. Well-deserved as I'm sure you brought much joy to everyone. Three years ago I planned a surprise retirement party for my boss at the school where I worked and it was a huge surprise to him. It all went off without a hitch which surprised me as well. :) Enjoy your free time! Happy summer!

Lorrie said...

How lovely to be so honoured on your last days before retiring. You are well and truly loved. Enjoy the freedom!