Instead of a luncheon date, I met a dear friend from my days at the #3 Telephone Company for dinner at the Cheesecake Factory in Overland Park. We met at five and finally forced our way from the table at 7:00 -- two hours of eating, laughing, and exchanging life stories. I felt relaxed and happy.
I have loved Susan for the past 18 years -- but our paths crossed very infrequently since I left #3. She is a director there, a power who has kept her job through many buy-outs and management changes -- which speaks to just how good she is at what she does. Now that I'm retired we can meet much more frequently -- I'm hoping monthly. We even talked about crafting together again -- and playing cards with each others families.
Our meal was sumptuous -- chicken for her, scampi for me. Then apple crisp and lemon cake for dessert. I brought back a huge pile of meatloaf for hubby, with fresh mashed potatoes and corn -- and then a container of strawberry short cake. Everyone, including the boys who got a taste of the meatloaf and tatters, was delighted.
This retirement thing is really working out. I'm turning into a social butterfly. I have even made a date for next week, to have dinner with another teacher friend.