That was the first word out of my manager’s mouth when I told her that I planned to retire at the end of May. She proceeded to congratulate me and made it very clear that she was supportive; just as I made it very clear that I was available to do whatever needed to be done to transition my workload.
I have to tell you – I was really nervous about telling her. I’m not sure why – maybe I was afraid she’d tell me to pack up and leave immediately. The next several calls were a bit easier – although the initial reactions of most of the people I told were similar. I heard from each of these people that my work was valued and that I would be missed. I felt good.
Word travels fast. Within minutes of “the announcement” email going out, I was barraged by well wishes, usually prefaced with expressions of surprise. My favorite read, “I didn’t know we allowed people to retire at age 21 J” Other favorites included “Congratulations! Sucks to be us!” and “Have you hooked up the trailer yet?”
Hooking up the trailer on Friday. :)