I posted several weeks ago about temporarily reentering the working world after being retired for two and a half years. I have now survived my third week of being back in the saddle. During this three weeks I have had to exercise every iota of people skills that I possess (sadly I do not have an over abundance of such skills) and had to deal with a Human Resources investigation which was started before I took on the job and numerous other personnel complaints. I have already lost 7 lbs. which I attribute to the stress of returning to work and dealing with people. The weight loss is certainly welcome and needed. Oddly enough, I am surprised by how quickly that I have become vested in the work and the people that I am working with (not enough to give up retirement, however) and am somewhat invigorated by the challenge. I have been welcomed for the most and have been told that my presence has greatly improved the working environment which is certainly gratifying. I have been forced to do a lot of mentoring (which really is not one of my strong points) since many people in the Division have a serious lack of self awareness. I am getting some gentle ribbing about my “Codyisms” and “Dad” talks. I overheard one of the employees saying “Cody gave them a Dad talk and they calmed down in a hurry”. I hope that's a good thing. It’s funny, how much I am learning about myself during this process (I guess an old dog can learn some new tricks). I am definitely looking forward to re-retiring but do not regret accepting this interim job.