On retiring

Steffi listening (1)Yes, at last the coveted day arrived officially May 31 as my insurance with the state ended and my Medicare became primary.  Although I have been off the payroll since May 9, there was much to do to wrap up the end of semester and end of 17 years.  May 29, I cleaned out the last few items from my office (always good to do a final last check, as I found a packet of information that I will need for research later on!) and deleted the remainder of files from my two computers.  As I closed that door for the last time on an empty building, I felt a little lighter walking down those stairs and out to the car, turned and waved goodbye to the probably empty building–I mean who would be there at 5 on a Friday in normal times, let alone in the midst of a pandemic?

Not to say I am not still working, but at least now, it is what I want to do, which is not administration.  I have loved my work here for the most part, and there have been so many incredible experiences from which I have learned something about being more effective: as a social worker, as an educator, and as a human being.  Yet, there are still many more experiences to come.  I am working on a presentation for NASW this month on Teaching Empathy, along with training the newest member of the household and trying to bring back structure to the chaos that has been my life since Dad first became ill in 2012.

Social Worker

Parting gift from my department colleagues–perfect.

After an inspiring meeting yesterday with four of my Mississippi social work colleagues, I am ready to roll up my sleeves and get back to community work.  It is going to look a little different for a while to come, but nonetheless, I feel purpose driven greater than taking care of a puppy.

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11 Responses to On retiring

  1. peggyjoan42 says:

    Well good luck on everything you endeavor to do in your life from this point forward. Yes, there are a lot more things to do than take care of a puppy. But that is a mighty cute puppy. Ha

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  2. Beth says:

    I think that puppy will take care of you! Congratulations on your new path! I’m looking forward to hearing about your work, there is much to be done in every community!

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  3. Congratulations on your retirement and new adventures! I am sure you will find plenty to do that will bring your joy and fulfillment. Cute puppy! Stay well.

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  4. Congratulations! Lovely puppy too. It’s certainly a year of big changes and new beginnings.

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  5. janebye says:

    Congratulations! It’s a new world in retirement and I hope you will enjoy yours as much as I have (mostly) enjoyed mine! Here’s to new adventures! xoxo

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  6. janebye says:

    PS I can’t believe it’s been 17 years since our group of friends huddled up to discuss where you should move. 🙂

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