My husband retired on December 31, 2018. He worked hard for many years, and he also planned his retirement for a long time, too. He had countdown calendars on his computer AND in a notebook. He has been enjoying his new lifestyle very much.
Many people have asked, “What are you doing with your time?” and “What plans do you have?” He’s been very smart and is leaving things wide open. You never know what will present itself to your new frame of mind.
I have been retired for (almost) five school years. There was a time when I thought I had to know my “next steps” before I could let teaching go. But as it turned out, I have been a bit more open minded myself, and it has been wonderful.
I knew I would work on the Library Foundation, and be active in church, and enjoy my two book clubs (although I still don’t always get the books read on time), and spend time with family, and enjoy the new grandchild that was on the way when I retired. And since then there have been two more sweet grandchildren. I am thankful for every moment I get to spend with them.
What I didn’t know was that I would be a part of another special group that is right out my own front door!
There is a group of five neighbors who get together regularly. We began by taking day trips – out for lunch, shopping, and exploring. Then we started playing dominoes. Starting at 3:00 pm, we play two rounds, with snacks, drinks, dinner, and lots of visiting woven in.
What a gift this group has been to me! Such an unexpected surprise, a real treasure.
And today is dominoes day – we play a version called Chickenfoot. And it is my turn to host. And it’s almost 3:00.