24+ years in the same company and I apparently made some friends. At least 4 different farewell lunches were done or coming up. A few more to be scheduled before 12/24/15, my last day at work. Who said there are no free lunch in life ?
At least two people have shed tears. I simply don't know how to act when I see tears in people's eyes. I become speechless ... and deeply touched.
There have been a stream of people coming to my office for "chat," and people stopping me on hallways for the same. Some, I have not seen for some time. Almost all of them are surprised or shocked that I am retiring. There are two camps - those who can't believe I can afford it and those who don't believe I should retire so young. I just smile and tell them that my work is interfering with my golf game. The thing is, many of these people have means to retire also but don't have courage or the need to retire at this point in their lives. Not me. My golf game must improve .
Many insist on my contact info post my retirement. But I know I need to make new friends and they in turn will forget about me over time. Only a handful of those will stay in touch. That is life.
I was holding down two directors' job. My groups will split accordingly. Most of my employees have concerns after working for me for so long. A few have, in jest, insisted that I don't retire. Not a chance.
I don't know what the remaining 13 days at work is going to bring. So far, I am enjoying the these chats and goodbyes. I thought it'd be sad but that hasn't been the case. Weird.