As of Friday August 7th, Ron is retired! We have now begun a new era in our lives.
The company had a nice retirement party for him that evening. All the kids who could get here were there. Keith came down for the evening-stayed all night with us- and went back to Nebraska after breakfast on Saturday. Kevin and Cory were there, and Kristopher, and Kirk and Stacy. Of course Karen was in Oregon and Karl had been here the weekend before from St.Louis.
It was a very 'casual' affair with a baseball theme. We were asked to come dressed in baseball themed clothes, and their were bats and baseball balloons on the tables and other 'ball' decorations, too. Even a poster each from the Royals and the Cardinals. There were pics of Ron-from his early years down through this past year- on display, too.
There were baskets of peanuts and Cracker Jacks on each table, and the food was hamburgers, hot dogs or 'brats', and nachos! For dessert they brought out frozen malts like you can get at the ballpark.Several people had little 'gifts' or momentoes to give to Ron, and he had a few to give out, too. A silly, fun time with all that. The main thing he was given that night was a matted and framed print of George Brett and the pine tar bat incident and it was signed by George Brett. It was a GREAT night and a good celebrationof 38 years with the company, and Ron had a great time!
On Sunday afternoon, Ron and I headed to Branson for a week of R&R. Did a lot of resting and reading, saw one show, did a little shopping and ate at least one meal a day out somewhere! Came home this past Sunday with a stop in Springfield to see my nephew Raymond on the way.
Now I am wondering when it is really going to hit Ron that he is retired...and NOT just on an extended vacation!!