Yesterday was my last day of work at the Y and today is my first day of retirement.
It was a very pleasant day at work. I had enough to do to keep me occupied, but not too much to do so I could stop and talk to members and other staff. Just so that everyone would know I was leaving, there was a big sign posted with my picture on it.
The 4 corners have some of my regular sayings. 🙂 I have a saying for almost every situation. If you can’t see them, these particular ones are “I’m Perfect” (I’ve actually told enough people this (enough times) over the years, that many of them now believe it), “Forgot Your Card – 20 Pushups” (some people really did remember their membership card after that – but they always smiled and some even got down to do them), “Pretend You’re Happy” (the perfect thing to get people to smile for their picture), “Are We Having Fun?” (because if we’re not – what is the point). I have many more sayings (sometimes referred to as Mavisisms) – but mainly they were all for the purpose of getting people to smile – if only for a minute.
Many of the members who I talk to regularly knew about this day in advance and several stopped by to wish me well and say they would miss me. Also, a lot of people who I really do not talk to stopped by to say they would miss my smiling face when they walked in the door. I always made it a habit to greet everyone I could as they came in but didn’t realize that made much of a difference to any of them.
As well as the big sign that was posted, I was also given 3 badges to wear. I was supposed to choose which one, but ended up wearing all 3 of them. 🙂
We had a little gathering where I was presented with several cards and gifts. Chris and her little friends from Room B in the daycare came to give me a card they made and lots of hugs. I am known as Marvelous Mavis to these adorable children. 🙂 Some of my friends from the finance office in another branch even came to see me with a card and gift. We had some vegetables, fruit and a beautiful and very yummy cake to eat while we chatted.
It is very exciting to get started on my next chapter – but leaving the Y is filled with mixed feelings.
Life is now one very long weekend.
Oh – today – to start my new chapter – I cut the grass. 🙂