Blog readers might recall that the assignment for the seniors in my memoir-writing class last Wednesday was “The Last Time I Saw Her.” Wanda Bridgeforth stretched the topic a bit, and her essay was so sweet I thought I’d share it here with you as I say goodbye to Hanni and take off for the airport.
The Last Time I Will See You
by Wanda Bridgeforth
The announcement of your retiring and moving to another city came as a bit of a surprise. My first thought was how much I will miss you. How selfish of me. I have retired twice. Instead of expressing sadness I offer observations and bits of advice and say, “WELCOME TO RETIREMENT!”
I retired and moved to another part of the city and felt moments of isolation. This will pass. There will be times you will start preparing for work and suddenly remember you are no longer part of the hustle and bustle of the rat race.
DON’T FRET!!! TAKE A NAP!!!
Retirement is a benefit that comes to all in the process of aging and the passing of time. I can’t tell you how to prepare for it. Everyone must cope in his own way. One day at a time.
there will be days the hours will fly. Others they will crawl and boredom will prevail. These days are tests of ingenuity. Explore your new surroundings. Look up at the sky. See the beautiful formations of the clouds, smell the flowers, listen to the birds. RELAX!!! RELAX!!!
Winter is coming; you can shut off the alarm clock. Roll over and take another nap. Retirement means you don’t have to slosh through the rain and sleet, cold and heat, to get to work or appointments.
The times you feel unneeded look back at the job you performed. The service you rendered. The comfort you gave, the lives you touched. Every job, every being is a stitch in the quilt of life and living. In your new setting you will make new friends and have new experiences. I’m sure you have many memories to share.
At retirement occasions we vow to keep in touch. Our intentions are good and our promises sincere, but time passes, lifestyles change and the chances of meeting again are lessened.
As I say Good-bye and God Speed, I raise my cup of Java and wish a Long and Happy Retirement to my friend and fellow author Hanni Finke Knezovich.