The first event was held by my colleagues -- an early evening dinner hosted in one of my colleagues' homes. It was to honor three of us leaving, two sort of retiring and one relocating from Minnesota to Pennsylvania. My colleagues decided an international theme was the right idea for the three of us.
Here's the supper table.
The gift you gave us is your passion for our students.
The one thing I hope you pack is your camera. Send us pictures of all your wonderful adventures.
I also came home with a original photo of a pair of eagles taken by one of my colleagues.
I thought it was a wonderful and special evening.
The next day we had meetings all day and a potluck at lunch time. We were instructed not to bring desserts because something sweet would arrive at the All College Meeting in the afternoon.
Here's what arrived.
But while they were all enjoying the cake, I was in a different meeting associated with interviews for a new provost. When I rejoined the College meeting, I was surprised with a card and a very generous gift card. I thought the notes above were an excellent gift -- the gift card was certainly over the top. I have to think carefully about how to spend this -- it should be for something special.
Today was the official University party. This was a reschedule date and turned this day into a stressful day for I had appointments for hair and nails in anticipation of leaving for Romania on Thursday.
I did manage to get to the retirement party not to too late, in fact just behind my younger daughter and the three grandchildren. I had expected my daughter and my toddler granddaughter, but the older kids were a surprise. She arranged for them to get out of school early for this event.
Tied to the stroller from younger granddaughter was this:
Here's some photos:
|LeeVon, Mari and Nini|
And also from the University I received a set of marble and onyx bookends.
We went to a nearby Mexican restaurant. Here's my younger granddaughter enjoying the sour cream.
Now retired? Not quite -- Tomorrow I have three meetings and guest lecture at a community college school of nursing. I teaching two courses this summer as well.