I ran into a man who asked me for the empty boxes he said retirement is round the corner in June he will be seventy-five

I smiled and shook his hand in congratulations and may the rest of your life be as exciting as the past.

He gave me a sad look and said his life has been as empty as this box except for pathogens he explored and he wished me a better life.

And I bowed my head in grace and informed him my retirement was round the corner too and I am right behind him at forty-five – no doubt.