My dad’s retirement party
Next week, my dad will retire. He is 78, so he was definitely due for a break from work! For fifty-three years, he has worked at the same HVAC company from 7 AM until 4 PM, Monday to Friday. He has never called in sick during those fifty-three years, and he only took one week of vacation per year. I do not remember a time that he was not working at that HVAC company, and I do not know if anyone at that HVAC company remembers a time when he was not working there! He started out as an HVAC maintenance provider. He would go out and change air filters, clean ductwork, and replace thermostats. Over the years, he moved to several different positions. For most of my childhood, he supervised the HVAC repair department. I remember him telling all sorts of stories at the dinner table about animals hiding in ductwork, someone trying to sue the company over dead batteries in a thermostat, and all sorts of things! Now, he works in the office, training new employees. The HVAC company is going to be lost without him. They are planning a huge retirement party for him at his favorite restaurant, and I am pretty sure that there will be tears all around! He retired for health reasons, and while I am very happy for him, I am worried that he will not know what to do with himself! Working with HVAC systems has been his life for so long. Now, he will have to find something else to occupy his time. Perhaps I shall try to interest him in golf!