Are you wondering who retired?
Not Ron who is a young upstart at the age of sixty-one!
And not I (although I will "retire" from home schooling at the end of next school year).
No, it is this amazing man,
who retired in January at the age of
80 years, 3 months!
Daddy started working at age 17, the day after he graduated from high school,
making a total of 63.5 years on the job!
His first job was in manufacturing.
Then he took a seasonal job at Christmastime working at a grocery store and he found his calling!
He began as a clerk, then quickly advanced to produce manager, then assistant manager, and then manager, a position he held for many years.
Daddy's last job was also in retail, a home improvement chain where he held several positions.
Daddy would still be working if it were not for arthritis/disc degeneration in his neck, a condition which was slowing him down. His employer was disappointed to lose him, as he was a valuable employee!
On Sunday, we gathered for a family-style celebration of this milestone in Daddy's life.
We shared a meal (pasta bar, homemade bread, salads . . . yum!)
In which Kati photobombs the girls in denim jackets . . .
There was entertainment!
(Daddy and Mom both love music, especially when it's sung/played by their "babies"!)
Along with the musical entertainment,
we were also treated to an original video created by Eve, Nora, and Peter.
So funny! Look out, YouTube!
There was plenty of entertainment just watching these little ones eat cake!
It was such a small way to honor my dad for a lifetime of achievement:
being a faithful provider and an honorable and valued employee.
We pray that this next stage of life brings him many joys!