Retirement is a week filled with Saturdays and Sundays interrupted only occasionally by a holiday.

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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Erstwhile Yet Again

Some of you may remember my little staff trainer job with my former Library Department. To refresh anyone's memory, I was asked to come back in late 2005 from retirement to help train staff, on a part-time basis, in the use of the Library's computer system. I worked fairly consistently during the first several months but then slowly my hours dropped and I've worked only occasionally over the past year or so.

Well, today I finally went in and signed my release papers and turned in my ID and building entry cards. I'm done. The Library now has a new computer system, fully trained new trainers and staff and I am an anachronism. So it was time to let go. Am I sad? Absolutely not! I've found that the longer I've been away from the Library, the less I identify with my role as librarian. Now it's the "erstwhile" part which seems to define who and what I am.

6 comments:

patches said...

Tapering off slowly makes departure easier.

Renee said...

Congrats on your retirement. I'm sure your busy life won't slow down any. ;)
I also know how much you were appreciated at the library.

Did I tell you my DD wants to be a librarian?

Linda said...

Sounds like you did it your way when it came to full retirement and that's definitely the way to go!

Enjoy your erstwhile adventures and don't forget to share them with us!

the moose buyer said...

maybe your golf game (and tap dancing (I still can't believe that) will have a chance to improve now that you are really really retired.

rosemary said...

When I quit the Library in 2005 after the accident I thought I was going to shrivel up and turn to dust. Then i ran for the board in '07 and have enjoyed being a part of the Library in a different way....but i am not going to run again. I need to move on too.

Patti said...

we can call you E.W. for short. Get it? Erst While?
never mind

;-)