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26/31 Filed

The very pleasant, cheerful bureaucrat who helped me fill in all the blanks in my retirement paperwork this morning shook my hand when we were done and said, "Retirement is such a different thing today than it used to be. You have a whole new life ahead. I wish you the best."

I walked back to the bus stop in the October morning, looking at the perfect sky and the yellow trees, thinking, "I want to remember this day." It was a big occasion. I felt like celebrating, but it was 10:00 on a Monday morning and I had to catch a bus back in from the suburbs and go to work. So I texted a couple of "Woo hoo"s to people, then rode downtown and got myself a four-shot mocha. Then I went to work.

Only 63 more days.

View of Chapman Square in downtown Portland on an October morning, with brilliant yellow ginkgo trees and a bright blue sky


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helenajust
Oct. 29th, 2013 09:19 am (UTC)
How nice that the person who processed your forms not only helped you but appreciated how important the occasion was and helped you celebrate it! It looks a perfect autumn or fall day - even the weather was co-operating.
decemberleaf
Oct. 29th, 2013 10:30 am (UTC)
Lovely occasion, lovely day!
emeraldsedai
Oct. 29th, 2013 05:01 pm (UTC)
It was a nice touch by the Universe, giving me the most cheerful, upbeat retirement consultant in the organization! And it's fortuitous that this has been the most perfect, gorgeous October I can remember. I think I'd have felt very good even if it had been raining, but I wouldn't have enjoyed the good feeling quite so much.
roxymissrose
Oct. 29th, 2013 01:49 pm (UTC)
I like that you stopped and thought, "I want to remember this day." That's really only worked for me once, but it was a day so *perfect* it was magical.

Happy for you. :)
emeraldsedai
Oct. 29th, 2013 04:56 pm (UTC)
I think if we can claim one or two such days in a lifetime, we're doing pretty well.

Thank you.
executrix
Oct. 29th, 2013 02:44 pm (UTC)
Hurrah! Enjoy the countdown as well as the post-retirement era!
emeraldsedai
Oct. 29th, 2013 04:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you. It's shaping up to be the oddest feeling-state I've ever been in. As Wesley Crusher famously said, "I feel good, but also strange."
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