A few weeks went by before he heard from his boss that senior management had, after much arguing and with much reluctance, agreed to pass his application on to the relevant people.
Last Friday he had the email saying he'd got it. Yay!
After working away a lot over the years, he's spent the last year working from home. He hasn't been enjoying work for some time and has been longing to retire and enjoy himself in the garden. And he was 60 last December. If his application had been refused he would have been one disgruntled employee; as it is he is a very happy Easter bunny.
Officially he finishes at the end of April but he has this week off and isn't planning on doing much between now and then. He is absolutely delighted.
Me, I'm a little ambivalent. I'm thrilled for him and having him at home won't be strange as he's been constantly on the premises for the last 12 months. I am a bit concerned because ever since he applied he's been saying, 'You won't be able to do/buy/enjoy that: it's too expensive!' But we'll cope.
No, the real reason for my uncertainty is the larger step it means. The change from employed to retired and all that implies. Getting old I suppose.
But my Lenten thanks 42, for yesterday, is for Husband's coming retirement.