Naomi’s over-the-top and wow retirement party

They said it would be amazing and it was all done in secret, so the surprise was amazing and has me flying! Don’t know how they accomplished so much without me, old nosey, getting into it. During delicious dinner at tables decorated with sunflowers (I’m from Kansas – state flower) a large spread of my  life was featured on video starting with myself as a baby!  Also lots of Circle of Friends pictures. The Circle of Friends choral group formed especially for this occasion sang on stage, “We Are Marching In The Light of God” with great enthusiasm and hand waving. The drum group started before the singing and accompanied he singing. It was fabulous.


The drama group presented a skit I wrote in the 1980’s called, “May I Come Up and Play?” with adaptations to celebrate me. They created the huge tree that formed a backdrop for the plays tree house on which they slotted complimentary descriptions of me.

There were many tributes two of which were said on speech devices, and another recorded by Dr. Jim Jackson who just retired and is gone to Europe.

The Sunday School group presented posters spelling Bob and Naomi with descriptive words making us out to be saints causing me to suggest to Helen (a Catholic nun and head of Pal’s Place) that she speak to the Pope about getting me blessed. The Sunshine Room boys presented very special glitter art work they made. Pal’s place presented a beautiful commemorative platter with their thanks and my name in the middle and names of all members around the rim.  Artists in Action made an exquisite cloth upholstered box containing decorative paper crosses with messages from individuals written on them. I have read them over and over. Some of their famous notecards were enclosed – I can now write thank you.


Bob and I were showered with beautiful, wonderful, exciting, touching gifts.

Oh yes, and a huge, beautiful cake was in the shape of an open Bible and on top was written the Circle of Friends theme Bible verse of the year.

Everyone was in on the act except me, and from beginning to the cake ending the tribute was beyond spectacular, or, as the students say in a shout out, “That’s Incredible.” The amount of love and appreciation could be felt making Fellowship Hall truly sacred space.

I keep groping for a way to say thank you in BIG WAYS.  I am overwhelmed with blessings.



About Naomi

I am a writer and Christian educator who works in several genres with a specialty in materials for persons with disabilities. The Long Road Home Romance Collection includes one of my books (11/14), and I just finished the first draft of a Quick Look handbook to help persons who teach an inclusive classroom. I love playing and listening to classical music, fishing, doing family things, and, in spite of my non-interest in identifying birds, have come to name them because of my bird watching husband, Bob. My children and grandchildren, because of their expertise in different fields, have broadened my lens for looking at the world.