Just because “work” alone sounded stupid. It is snowing though. After an extremely warm autumn, it is almost universally welcome.
I finally started back to work on Monday of this week, December 18. It is very nice to be making money. It is also very nice to have that nice feeling of competency which has eluded me for the past year. I honestly thought I had lost my good brain. But I was able to pick up and just go at work – on a project that is extremely complex. I was even able to hold forth at a meeting yesterday. After only two days at work.
I am extremely excited about being back at my workplace of 21 years. I’ve seen so many people I didn’t realize I missed. Lots of hugs. The Medical Director, my favorite psychiatrist in the world, gave me a little Christmas gift yesterday with a lovely card which meant the world to me. It is so nice to be in a place where I understand the culture. I took a walk around the hospital on my first day back. I was amazed at how I still could walk those hallways blind-folded. They are so familiar. A lot has changed, but a lot has stayed exactly the same. I feel comfortable there.
It is so good to have a second chance to write an ending to the story of my career there. The way I left was really pretty awful. The fact that they asked me to come back and give every appearance of being very happy to have me already changes that story.
I am still able to go to Mass every morning on my way to work, which is wonderful.
And I am looking forward to my NEXT retirement! I must write a list of rules for retirement…. much like the rules I wrote on Monday morning for my work life. Such as, Remember this is temporary, Do Not Gossip, and No One Cares What Happened in 1994, so don’t tell them!!!
Thank you everyone for your loving comments, they are very much appreciated. And if I don’t get a chance to write before Christmas, I wish you all a Merry Christmas.
And since I am now being ordered to use that particular greeting, I would also like to say: