Retirement

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Humor  |  House: Booksie Classic
Old people and museums. Is there anything better?

Submitted: January 11, 2019

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Willy punched his timecard for the fifth time of the week, letting out a reflexive sigh knowing this is the last time he will ever roam the halls of the New York Museum of Natural History.  He was told to train the incoming guard, a vibrant, forty something woman named Pauline, before he could leave for the last time. He explained all the ins and outs, “Don’t forget to check in the bathrooms.  Kids sometimes hide in them,” he explained in his low, raspy voice. Pauline listened intently and took note of everything she could hoping to at least match the celebrity status Willy has achieved in the museum from working there for over a half-century.  From the moment they were introduced, there seemed to be a faint spark between the two; perhaps from their advanced age and lifetime of ups and downs. While Willy was giving Pauline the grand tour, showcasing the enormous wooly mammoth and dinosaur bones, Pauline noticed a glimmer in Willy’s weathered, old eyes.  When they came to the early human exhibit, Willy began to think about his wife in their early years when they were up to any challenge and had an endless love for each other, and expressed it often. He was quickly brought back to reality when they came to the end of the tour and Willy was about to hand his set of keys off to the only different night guard the museum has seen in 52 years.  “Well, take care of her and good luck Pauline,” Willy said to her as a tear ran down his cheek. “Don’t worry Willy, she’s in good hands,” Pauline said, “I have one more question. When’s the last time you were with a woman?” she asked. “It’s been quite a while,” he said. That’s when Pauline slowly unbuttoned her blouse and showed Willy his life is not ending, just this chapter of it is.

 


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