Congratulations, Mom!

kdmom.jpgNow that it’s officially Friday, February 18th, 2005: I’d like to round out the nuclear-family props trifecta for this week. (Photo L-R: Aunt Kay, Dennis, Mom)

Today, my Mom retires… for good. No more working, for real. No job, no boss, no bureaucracy, no worries.

About damn time! ;) Congratulations, Mom!

She “retired” from the USAF after 20 years of service back in 1991. Everyone knows that—unless you’re a colonel or higher—you’re going to have to find work after your 20 if you’re not a suffering “lifer”. After a brief stint at the BBB in Tampa, and a hellish couple of years doing all the real work for an overpaid meteorological hack with an ugly pair of stupidly-named dogs at the local Fox affiliate, Mom landed a supervisory position at a Tampa-fringe municipality (Dad worked for the city before he died, too).

Even though she (kinda’ recently?) interviewed for a couple of other jobs, she stuck with it, and—as far as I can tell—loves working with “The Ladies at Work”. They did all sorts of crazy shit… rafting trips, cruises and whatnot.

But… then a funny thing happened. She met Dennis. It’s still kind of freaky for me to even type this: Dennis is my step-father; they got married on Oct. 9, 2004. All of a sudden, Mom is freakin’ happy. Happier than I think I’ve ever seen her.

Now that Mom is officially retired, their life together is pretty much set. Not “set” as in following a predetermined path… but “set” as in they can do pretty much anything they want… at the drop of a hat.

That is awesome, and my Mom deserves it.

Y’know… after having dealt with all three of her asshole kids (each of us used a different asshole-kid technique, just to keep her on her toes) and having dealt with all of my biological father’s… let’s call them quirks.

I love you, Mom. It’s about time you got what you’ve always deserved.

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2 thoughts on “Congratulations, Mom!

  1. I call dibs on car-wrecking asshole-ery!

    I talked to Mom a week ago and asked what was on the agenda for her near future now that she is retired. Hawaii, cruise to Alaska, and condo time in Gatlinburg are currently written in pen in the day-planner. I’m so frickin’ jealous.

    Hey, Mom! Just honk and wave at the house as you drive by!

  2. The family grapevine informed me of the happy news. And I called her the day of said retirement. Yor mom rocks and I’m so happy she’s HAPPY. And thanks for the photo, could you email me one for a “Granny” calendar that I’m making? GO, DONJEAN GO! Your, AK

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