My second cousin retired a few months back from a job she held for over 40 years.
By the way, and the archivist / genealogist in me finds this interesting, I checked out a site at Genealogy.com to figure out the exact nature of our relationship – second cousins –because we share the same great-grandfather. The site has a very good description of how all those confusing relationships can be figured out – daughter of my mom’s cousin – and a nifty chart to help. But I digress….
Needless to say, retirement is a BIG step in life so a celebratory card was in order. I have a stamp that I’ve found myself using a lot lately; it is just one word: enjoy (That doesn’t capture the font of the stamp – that’s something truly unique to Stampin’ Up!,the company whose products I use almost exclusively in my card creations) but it does convey the sentiment.) Here’s a picture of the stamp on another card I’ve made (in a beginner blogger error, I didn’t take a picture of my cousin’s card…)
I could have used “Congratulations” or “Celebrate” but I like “Enjoy” better. Enjoy means “to have a good time” or “to take pleasure or satisfaction in”. What more appropriate descriptions could there be for a well-deserved retirement? To me, it embodies the long term nature of a retirement, rather than marking the single day on which the retirement actually takes place.
After I made the card though, the next question was what to write on the inside of it. So I did what I do best when I have a question these days – I “Googled” it and came up with LOTS of ideas, many of which were appropriate for coworkers to use and others which were more suitable for friends and family. I had to laugh when I found two different sites, but by the same blogger, one of which advised that on a card for a coworker it was (a) appropriate (site 1) and (b) inappropriate (site 2) to express your jealousy towards the retiree no longer having to work. Guess it all depends on which site you hit first as to which advice you got!
Here are my favorites of all the sentiments I found. The first one is what I used for my card:
1. Congratulations on your retirement; the end of an era but the start of a whole new chapter.
2. Retirement is when you finally stop doing whatever the boss tells you to do and you start doing what your heart tells you to do.
3. Retire from work, but not from life. M.K. Soni
4. Just as your work has been long and satisfying, we wish you a long and satisfying retirement.
5. We are only limited by our own thinking, even at this stage in life, you can think big
6. Opening a new chapter in life can be a huge adventure
7. Let the sand between your toes tickle your feet, you’ve earned that!
8. This next stage of your life can be filled with adventures, take the leap
9. Retiring is not just leaving your job behind, it’s embracing your future. Enjoy the best part of your life.
10. Pack your bags and set sail for the trip of a lifetime, where the alarm clock is silent, the time-clock is obsolete, and you can stay in your pajamas till noon. Enjoy!
Which is your favorite?