Excuse Me - I'm Not Done Yet
Then I saw her name pop up in the alumni magazine, toward the front where the graduates from the 19xx’s are listed, and I noticed she had opened an Italian restaurant. That was interesting because Ann wasn’t Italian and I couldn’t picture her as a restauranteur, but it was 35+ years since I had known her and people change. My curiousity was piqued and I talked some friends into a roadtrip in exchange for a free lunch.
Before we even finished with the salads and breadsticks, Ann approached our table and said, “Do I know you?” (A question perhaps prompted by my disconcerting stare everytime she walked in the room.) Turns out she divorced, remarried an older man of italian heritage, retired from accounting and the two of them opened this restaurant. I congratulated her on such an ambitious venture. She explained, “I wasn’t ready to retire. I just wanted to do something different and this is exciting to me. I’m not behind a desk, meet new people all the time and I’ve always liked to cook. It was a learning curve, but this place is small enough for us to handle.”
Retirement afforded Ann an opportunity to try something she didn’t have the time or finances to do earlier in her life. It was an exciting departure from a long accounting career. In her own words, “I feel like I lived one life and now I’m starting another. Everything I’ve learned working with businesses over the years, I can apply here. And I’m doing it my way!”