I work with a pretty tight group. Most of us (other than the new kid, who is now our boss) have been working together for at least 20 years. It was a little hard telling them that I will be retiring in mid-January. But it is time for me to go. There were four of us who were within a year of age, and I was the youngest of the four. The oldest got furloughed in June 2020 when business took a big nose-dive. Eventually they terminated him. The next oldest was my immediate supervisor. He was the lab manager and a friend. He was a workaholic and I never thought he would quit, but he suddenly felt his mortality and decided to leave in summer 2020. He didn't want to work his life away after all. The next was his immediate supervisor, a company VP and a friend who rolled up his sleeves and didn't mind getting dirty with the rest of us lab rats. He left in July of this year. I had a little trouble gathering everyone today. A couple of them didn't come in until after lunch, and then we had a false fire alarm and everyone came back in except one guy who has a hard time walking. Finally everyone was inside and wouldn't you know, one of them was on the phone. I eventually got everybody together and gave them the news. I was surprised that they were surprised, and very touched by their reactions.