Friday, April 30, 2010

end of an era

When you work from home and your commute consists of a dozen or two steps from the kitchen or living room to the third bedroom office, retiring seems kind of anti-climactic.

No office party, no gold watch (though I am sure he would prefer a fly-fishing rod or a digital camera), no 'For He's a Jolly Good Fellow' at the end of the business day today.

Which is fine with Pat. He'll shut off the computer at about 5 p.m. EST and that will be it (tho' the boss has asked him to be available for consultation over the next few months). I'll give him a hug and a kiss and sing 'For He's a Jolly Good Fellow', if he wants me to (he won't).

I'm so proud of him. Fifteen years ago, a childhood friend and fishing buddy asked him if he would be interested in working in the newly formed marketing department of his company. The newly formed marketing department would consist solely of Pat.

Pat said yes. God' s hand was clearly evident in this. Pat had recently been diagnosed with Lyme's Disease and the very physical work of being a fishing guide was exhausting. Joint pain, fatigue and headaches were constant companions in the early stages of the disease (thankfully he is feeling pretty good these days). Plus it would be very nice to have a job with health benefits.

In the ensuing years Pat has built the marketing department and the company. Once his domain alone, the marketing department now employs 10 full time people and 7 part time people. All of them have the privilege of working from home. And I hear Pat on the phone throughout the day - he is a very encouraging and affirming 'boss'.

In addition to this the local printing company (Northwoods) built an extra building and hired 4 full time and 2 part time people to handle all the extra instructional materials generated due to the increased number of seminars. The local post office increased their employee's hours to handle the extra mailings. All of the law enforcement officers for our little town were trained for free.

Revenue for the company tripled and nearly quadrupled.

Well done, Patrick! With God's help and the administrative mind He gave you - you've accomplished quite a lot. First from a little office tucked in the woods; now from a spare bedroom.

In all this time, Pat has visited the main Chicago office once. Yay for telecommuting!

So now. On to retirement.

First order of business - a trip. The plan is to visit all the kids and other family members and Northwoods friends. And proudly and tearfully watch our youngest graduate from college.

But at the moment this gargantuan storm is standing between us and them:

We'll be watching the weather closely and hopefully timing our travels to avoid straight line winds and tornadoes. Good traveling companions they are not.

When we return home, there will likely be a lot of this:

Thanks to Tonia for featuring some of my (extreme) ideas for living a low- impact -green- frugal life. Check it out!


Lady Farmer said...

What does one say to a newborn retiree? Hip Hip Hurray!? Good Luck? Finally? I'll just say what we all want to hear at the end ~ Well done, good and faithful servant! Now, get out there and catch a big one! ;~P

Seriously ~ Congratulations on this landmark day! Enjoy this rich time in life, together!


Candy said...

Congrats, Pat! Hope to see you two in the area on your vacation!

Becky said...

Well I am giving Pat a very hearty congratulations! Well done! And a retirement well earned. I hope you catch your allotment Every. Single. Season.

Safe and happy travels to you both!!

Tonia said...

Congratulations you guys!!! What a special week in your lives...Very happy for you all. Embarking on new phases in life is so exciting. Hope the storm passes quickly and you have safe travels.