Today reminds me of a very special pleasure - the pleasure of leisure. Six years ago, on 21st January 2010, I (officially) retired. I actually hadn't worked regularly for a year before that as I was ill.
I am not one of those people who wonder how they ever found time to work but I do wonder how I found the energy! I have a busy life still. I now cook almost everything from scratch, I knit, sew, crochet, and make cards. I still take Sunday services and I do some pastoral care. But everything I do is now unhurried, considered and done with joy.
I had been in paid employment since I was eighteen when I left school and became a library assistant. Even when I was at college I did some work as a baby sitter, theatre usherette, dish washer and library assistant. After college I went to Nigeria as a librarian on Voluntary Service Overseas and then had a brief time when I didn't work as I had a couple of months in hospital. After that I had no gaps.
And now I have a time of leisure, still busy but with time to enjoy the snowdrops in my garden. Life is good.