I sat down beside a colleague in reception the other day. He was waiting for someone and I stopped to chat to him before nipping out to get a sandwich.
Him: I’ve only just heard your news.
Me: About my year out of the workforce?
Him: Yes, good for you but why now?
Me [I have to get some kind of pat answer for this]: Well, no one reason in particular, lots of different reasons. [I start to list them]. And finally, I was going to retire at 60 [depressing that I should now have reached the stage of mentioning retirement but so it is] and I thought I could take this year now or later and I thought, I’d rather put in the year at 61 than now.
Him [getting the wrong end of the stick]: Are you really 60?
I have no words lads.