IT was a novel way of resigning but for 85-year-old Ruth McIntosh, it just seemed perfect.
The former cleaner of the Scholefield Law offices for the past 30 years, she took a bit of poetic licence and handed in her resignation via a poem.
Mrs McIntosh, who turns 86 on Monday, confessed this week she’d actually started writing the poem about 10 years ago.
“I thought I’ll just keep that until I retire.”
However, she never imagined she’d still be working a decade later, only just handing it in now.
In the six-verse rhyme, she talked about her job and how times had changed throughout the years but also her need to slow down a bit.
“I feel my standards are slipping,
“As happens with onset of age,
“You need someone younger and fitter,
“Mind you, I will miss my wage.”
In a delightful postscript, she outlined how the job would be her last.
“PS I was going to ask for a reference,
“Stating all the good work I’ve done.
“But on thinking it over,
“I WON’T BE NEEDING ONE.”
Mrs McIntosh said the original poem was a lot longer but she condensed it to fit on one page.
When asked why she had worked so long, she replied she was a “late starter”.
“I only started working in my 50s so it’s not really a great achievement.
“Well, you know what they say, use it or lose it.”
The first few weeks of retirement took a bit of getting used to, she said.
“I’m feeling a bit lost now.”
At Scholefield Law, staff weren’t going to let Mrs McIntosh swan off without a glowing account of her time working for the business. It only seemed fair they replied in a like format.
“She was our regular handy andy,
“With considerable amount of polish,
“Not a speck of dust would survive,
“In any room or office.”
Then as a final hurrah;
“How will we ever replace her,
“Good folk like her are hard to find,
“We will have to approach some cleaning agent
“Yet there is no-one left, of her kind.”
Scholefield Law partner Fergus More said in celebration of Mrs McIntosh’s time working for the company, a surprise meal was held in her honour.
“She came with her sister and cousin and it was a complete surprise to her.