Retirement, Day One

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When I told him it was the first day of my retirement, he asked, “Are you frightened?”  His guileless question startled me.  But I don’t know him very well, we’re just getting acquainted, so I didn’t pursue the matter.

He was right, I suppose, to expect there may be fear beneath the exhilaration.  I recognize the same old feelings set in opposition to each other that I felt at my wedding, and at my ordination.  Only then, it was because I was taking something on.  Now, it’s because I am giving something over, and am heading off, on my own, into the geography of the heart.

Edward R. Dufresne © 2003

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