Today, we had a good-bye lunch for one of my colleagues. She is retiring after bing with the company for 21 years. Today is her last day.
I am sitting around the table
with people I have been working with for a long time. I have worked for this company for about 13 years. Many of the same people I work with when I started are still there.
So here is a conversation.
Tina is the collegue that is leaving, Kim and Robb are other men in my department.
Tina: “Hey, did you hear Kim is going to walk the marathon route this year? Kim, what made you do this?”
Kim: “My doctor made me sign up for a ‘Get Fit’ program. He said if I didn’t strt doing serious exercise, I would have to start taking insulin for my late-onset diabetes.”
Tina: “Robb, you went bike riding in the San Juan Islands (Puget Sound)! 30 miles a day! That is really impressive. When did you start riding a bike?”
Robb: “Well my doctor told me I really needed to excercise more or I would have to take more medicine for high blood pressure.”
Tina: “So Richard, what are your plans this summer?”
Me: “Lay in bed and take narcotics. I am having knee surgery for the 5th time in July and will be laid up for a while afterwards.”
Of the people speaking, all our children are either in college, graduating this year or are older.
My son graduates from college in in two weeks and will move cross coutry to continue his studies.
All of us there at lunch today have gray or salt-and-pepper hair.
I am the only one with a living parent, and my mom is 83.
Today, I feel old. :yup: