Friday, August 04, 2006

Goodbye, rat race. Hello, golf course.

I think I have mentioned this before, but my dad and I work for the same company. He has been around-literally-for my entire professional career. Most people aren't lucky enough to be able to say that. To those people I say: nana nana boo boo.

This past Monday, July 31st, was my dad's official last day of work at this company. He has retired after 35 years here. THIRTY-FIVE YEARS. Try to conceptualize that. You can't. I haven't even worked at living for 35 years. Try to apply this to your life. For example, if I go by my dad's schedule (and at 57 he's actually retiring pretty young), I have 28 more years of working. 28 years. That is an entire other lifetime for me. In this cubicle. At this computer. Never not having a boss. Makes your soul die a little bit, huh?

For those of you who own your own companies or are close to retiring, I'd just like to say on behalf of the rest of us: we hate you.

To my Dad: you are the most wonderful man I have ever known, and this place will be different without you-for me and for everyone you worked with. You have become successful all on your own merits and with so much hard work, and you have provided an amazing life for your family. I am so proud of you. You deserve this time off in your life. And, as your daughter, I think I do, too, so could you call my boss and tell him I don't want to work anymore? That would be great. Thanks.

I love you, Dad!!!


Anonymous said...

Congrats to your dad and good luck to your mom having him home. My hubby retired at 54 years old and I love having him around - most of the time.

Aunt N

Mon said...

I can retire at 52 if I stay where I am. I plan on that, unless they fire my ass for bloggin at work. I can retire and have all that work I want done on me, and become a lady of leisure. It's good to have dreams!

Congrats to your Dad!!!! Live it up!

Anonymous said...

But you forget that I have to make up my own gossip about myself, working at home alone.

jess said...

Well done to your dad... 35 years is a hell of a long time to be at one job. Longer than I've worked at living, too.

DAD said...

Thanks, Sarah for your kind (AND TRUE) words about me. Your mom advised me that I haven't retired from working, just from my 35 year employer. So something fun, part time and close to home is in order. I'm thinking Tuesday-Wednesday, 10:00-2:00 down the street with pay!

Tom said...

I was going to ask if your dad reads your blog with the penis ornaments and cleavage and debauchery.

But, based on the above comment, it appears he does.

That's nice.

Swishy said...

I think my soul just died a little thinking about working for the next 28 years, too. Ahhhhh. I can't believe I was once was a punkass college kid just DYING to get a JOB already. What was I thinking?