Yesterday I had the pleasure of going to my friend Wil's Retirement Party. I took my friend Carol with me. We all worked together at the Northeast Regional Branch of the library about 10 years ago. Wil and I went to school together and she was even at my wedding. The party was so much fun!
I picked up Carol at her house and we headed over to the Frankford Library where the party was being held. I had trouble finding parking and then when I did I had trouble fitting into the space. Patty (who I also worked with at NER) was standing at the side door waving people in. It was so NICE being with my friends again. This is the only part of retirement I don't like -- I miss my friends. The people I worked with every day for 19 years.
It was supposed to be a surprise party, but Wil found out about it about an hour before the party began. She was sitting in a "throne" and we all came over and greeted her. Lots of people gave her gifts. I got her a candle.
Here is Wil on her throne. Everything was pink and zebra striped. Even the tower of balloons beside her. One of the Library Assistants has a side job as a party planner and she really went all out. It was beautiful!
Each place setting had a silver charger, zebra print napkin with a silver and pearl napkin ring, a cherry stick candy, a zebra bag with chocolate in it and a seek and find with all kinds of library terms. Cute!
I had brought my camera but when I went to use it realized that I had left the battery home. So I had only my phone and it doesn't take the best pictures. But at least it was something.
There were three huge tables full of food. The beverages were water or pink lemonade to go with the decor. They had barbecued chicken and fried chicken; raw veggies with ranch dressing; macaroni and cheese; two kinds of cole slaw; homemade lasagna; full sized cupcakes and mini cupcakes; chocolate covered strawberries and chocolate covered marshmallows on lollypop sticks. There was even chocolate bars that said "Happy Retirement". I so wish I had a picture of the tables, but I just couldn't get it.
The best part, though, was sitting at a table with all my friends and just talking. Seeing how big their grandkids were. Telling them about my 10th anniversary (most of them were at the wedding). Finding out how retirement is with them. We stayed 2 hours and then I had to leave because I had Bible study that evening. But before Carol and I left we had made plans for a group of us to get together for lunch before Christmas.
I wasn't going to go, but I'm so glad I did.
Sunrise: 6:48 a.m.
Sunset: 4:42 p.m.
9 hours and 54 minutes of daylight