Yesterday was a big day for my Mom and Stepdad, Paul. Not only was February 19, 2010 my Mom’s birthday, it was also their last day of work. Retirement!
Mom has worked in the Engineering Department for the City of Wausau and Paul has worked as a carrier with the USPS. They have both put in many many years in these positions, have saved and planned through the years, and now they have the rest of their years to enjoy traveling and relaxing, forevermore Saturdays.
Several of Mom’s coworker’s planned a very nice retirement reception, complete with cake, ice cream, and cookies, and many people that have worked with Mom over the years stopped by to say good bye and congratulations.
She even received a few gifts and cards, and a number of beautiful flower bouquets.
After some last minute training with Laurie, the lady that is taking over Mom’s position, she was officially free to go.
I also took some time in the morning to find Paul on his last day delivering mail. He has had the same route through Rib Mountain for the past fifteen years or so, so many people were out wishing him well, and he also received numerous cards and gifts. The weather certainly cooperated as well, as it was a beautiful sunny day. Mom warned him that I might come try to find him with the camera, and he quite willingly submitted to a “last day of work” photograph.
They already have some great travel plans, with a short trip to Florida next week, and then a whole month of exploring the area around St. George, Utah. They have definitely earned this time of rest and fun!