You know me as Buttercup, but I'm also known as the new kid on the block.
I've started my two volunteer activities. I've also joined a senior program and have gone to two exercise classes. I'm settling in at the Library and everything there is becoming more familiar, including the physical layout, my colleagues and the computer program I am using. I'm equally happy to see the results of my efforts appear on the Seminary website.
For someone who is pretty outgoing -- me -- getting to meet people in every new situation I find myself in is the toughest part of my retirement transition. I feel like the new kid on the block, and I am. I have chosen to try a number of different activities, but right now it's an uncomfortable time. I haven't met so many new people or been in so many new situations since I moved to New York in 1975.
When I would start a job in the past I always told myself that it takes six months just to know where the bathroom is. In six months I will have figured out what works for me and what doesn't and the host of new faces will include lots of familiar ones. But now I am working through the uncomfortable on my way to comfortable and everything I knew is new again.
I had a great day yesterday in Philadelphia visiting with friends. We didn't do much sight-seeing -- a return trip is in my mind for the fall -- but I did find one sight I'd like to share. From my research I believe this is Christ Church, where among many others, Betsy Ross and Benjamin Franklin were parishioners. The steeple caught my eye, and I was totally unaware of the magnificent history of this congregation, which dates from 1695.
Historic Christ Church, Philadelphia, home of the Episcopal Church in America
Today my goal is to keep cool. The temperature is predicted to be over one hundred -- not usual for us -- and I'm taking it easy this afternoon. Keep cool and have a healthy, happy Monday.