Friday, December 31, 2021

Headlong Journey


Palm Tree in the Morning Light
Tequesta, Florida
December 31, 2021
Yesterday began as unnumbered days before had begun: I woke up, wrote my blog, went to work and that is where it all changed. When I departed my place of employment for the past decades, I was no longer employed anymore; I had been promoted to a new status: retired.

The good-byes were hard and at times awkward, but sincere. I felt kind of like I did when my family dropped me off at college and we said our good-byes and they drove away. I will miss everyone and the relationships that have developed as we worked together. I do not want to lose touch, but I know that life gets in the way of good intentions too many times.

It was very weird driving away from the facility for the very last time, but I had so much to do to be on an evening flight to my Florida home that it kept me fairly occupied for the afternoon.

Note to self--no more late flights. We were delayed over an hour taking off because of baggage handling. Baltimore remains the worst airport that I traverse for baggage. I cannot fully understand how other airports can get bags off aircraft efficiently, but Baltimore cannot seem to manage the effort. 

It was exciting when the Lyft dropped us off in front of our condo and we walked through the door. I was home, again and beginning a new chapter of my life. 

I think I will go walk on the beach.

-- Bob Doan, Tequesta, FL

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