Tomorrow, the nice folks in the GIS group at Dallas City Hall are throwing me a farewell party, because I'm retiring. There's just about nothing that could bring me down at this point; things are looking so good.
Tomorrow, I'll sit there and look at all these people, and maybe there will be some nostalgic talk, but really, there aren't all that many people still here from my halcyon days. As usual, my friends here are all older than I, and they are all gone.
I have no real interest in my job and won't miss it a bit. But it's strange to think about leaving City Hall. I've spent so much time here --- late at night and on weekends, too. When you give so much of your life to a place --- a physical place --- you can't just chuck it, just like that.
So I'm guessing folks will come and be uncomfortable, and I'll be uncomfortable, feeling like a kid in church --- is it over yet? But my mind won't really be there. It will be in the future, a future I'm very much looking forward to.
The good news, the really good news, is that I'll be going through this part of my life as I have so much of the rest of it, with my husband and very best friend. Now, more than ever, I'm aware of how lucky I am to have him in my life!