"Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you," said the wisest of wise men. "The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon."

('The Alchemist' Paulo Coelho)

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Ladies who lunch

Lunch today in Chester with the headteacher from my last school but one, the one which closed last summer. We exchanged 'retirement' stories, congratulated ourselves on having a bit of spare time to do our own thing and reminded ourselves of the importance of not 'stagnating' and making the most of all this wonderful free time.
Gill has the edge on me as she retired when the school closed and, although we have met up a few times since then, this was the first time since I finished. Usually, when teachers retire and meet up with former colleagues, they are congratulated on how good they look now that they are no longer bearing visible signs of the stresses of life in the classroom.
"You look well!" the cry goes up, and later, when the retiree has left, "Wow, she looks years younger/ so much better/ incredible!"
No-one has said that to me yet, so I am left to ponder on the two possible reasons for this:
a) I don't (look younger/better/healthier.)
b) I looked great to begin with and you can't improve on perfection!

I now await the brickbats and insults I just know are coming my way. ;)


  1. I think option b is right.

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  2. I know which reason I'm picking.

    Oh and if anyone knows how to block pains in the butt like Senior Cruz, please let me know as he's beginning to annoy me too.

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  3. I have removed Senor Cruz's comment but enjoyed your take on it, YP.
    Ian, you'll just have to be more specific! ;)

  4. Jenny, you are the sexiest woman in Blogsburg, retired or not.

    Sexy and clever.


  5. Dale, you are SUCH a nice man! :)

  6. I'd go with option 'b' if I were you :o))

  7. As you said, Jenny, people normally say these things AFTER the retiree goes - so I am sure these things are being said behind one's back :O) See - and you thought that I would say something bad.......

  8. I'm still trying to get over the shock, Craig! :)



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