40 years later

So I get to the student centre just in time for one of the last activities for the graduation process.

They checked my social service hours, the missing paperwork, and made me sign my diploma (a fancy piece of paper with a mugshot of yours truly that says what I studied, and the place where I studied).

While I was sitting, waiting for my  turn, an old man came and sat besides me. He seemed to be one of those old guys who like to start conversations anywhere with anyone, so he just said “40 years late“. I turn around, see him and reply, “It is a while“. He then proceeds to tell me that after 39 and a half years, he’s finally graduating.

I tell him “well, look at the bright side… you’ve got all the experience you need… even more than all the guys who are graduating“. He laughs and says “I’m already retired“.