John’s Retirement

I will soon be attending John’s retirement celebration.  There are a total of six retirees from Annapolis Fire Department who will be recognized… two are deceased.

It’s bittersweet.  This is an event that a little over a year ago, I wouldn’t have anticipated attending for another 20 plus years and an event that I would expected that John and I would attend together.  John would have lived out his dreams and met all of his career goals.  He wanted to move up the officer rank and at some point work in fire investigations.  I have no doubt he would have met all of his dreams and goals if he’d beat cancer.  John was a very goal oriented person and he was a talented firefighter.

Instead, kiddo, myself, and a friend will be attending in his honor.  I hope that Nathaniel and I can do John justice and that he would be proud of us.

I am looking forward to seeing a lot of familiar faces that I haven’t seen in a while.  I must say, I really enjoyed John’s co-workers.  They are truly a top notch group of men and women.   I’ve missed them.

I’m crossing my fingers that kiddo will be a charming well behaved little boy and not a poster child for birth control… With each passing day, he becomes more and more opinionated and is prone to squawking when he can’t do what he wants.  All that being said, I think he is better behaved than most kids his age.

I wanted for kiddo to look stunning, so he’ll be sporting a new jacket that even comes complete with a tiny tie.  He also got a hair cut or as I like to say, his hairs cut.  This is his second hair cut at a real barber shop (and his 3rd total).  It’s an interesting experience as a woman to enter a barber shop, but thus far, I haven’t been shunned for my gender.

So, wish us luck.  I’ll be glad to have a second pair of adult eyes.  Hopefully, I won’t get lost this time– actually I didn’t get lost, I had bad directions, but that is a story for a different day…

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About Mary K. Smith

I was widowed in July 2009, when I lost my beloved husband, John, to melanoma. Cancer SUCKS. We have a young son who was just a year old when his father died. I live on a small farm in Maryland which is home to horses, cats, and a dog. I started this blog as a way for me to heal, a way to remember my husband, and eventually I'd like to share it with our son so he can see the love that his father had for him, the love that we had for each other, what a great person his father was, and how hard his father fought to live.
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