This is the first year in four that I have simply been able to attend the big meeting instead of working it. Well, I still have a few responsibilities, but nothing like in years past. To be honest, I feel like a fish out of water. I feel like I need to be helping, instead of watching other people do what I used to do. It is kind of a funky feeling.
I know Sally is a bit happier because of it, but I still feel like I need to be "in there".
It is so good to see all of my friends from all of these years. Many people have been asking me questions, like they have done in the past, when I was responsible to know the answers, but this year, I am simply telling people, "I don't know; I'm sure the info is in the guide book". That is weird, but it seems to be working.
This morning was the very first time in the 4 year history of my being at this meeting that I ate an entire breakfast without a phone call, a radio call, or somebody just stopping by to ask me a question. That was pretty neat.