Today was the day that the county honored this year's crop of retirees.
They served us a delicious dinner: salad with strawberries and pecans, fresh rolls, beef kabobs from the Grand Champion Steer at last year's Buckwheat Festival (that I really did not need to know!), cake and sherbet. It was served in the cafeteria of the high school on Fiesta plates...or really nice fake Fiesta! We ate and they gave us a plaque. Typical. But, the cool thing was they gave each of us a copy of our years of service record that showed what and where we had taught each year. Some had taught in each school in the county and I have taught at the same school for all but one of my years in the county. There were only 4 ahead of my 33 years and the total years experience in all the retirees (20 maybe?) was 811 years!
It really was just perfect. I loved that the food service people prepared the meal. The county office staff served the meal. It was at the high school and I could watch out the window and see kids coming for evening activities. It was mostly people that I have shared a good chunk of my life with...some only tangentially, but enough that we could spend a good while doing the "remember whens?" Some have shared much more closely the joys and sorrows.
It was another step closer to my retirement reality.
Tomorrow it is 10 days and counting....10 days.
Oh. And I got my first retirement card in the mail today!