Tuesday, July 05, 2005

RE-TAR-MENT

Ah yes, that golden age when waking up to "What do I want to do today?" has arrived. For some reason it hasn't hit me yet. I guess it's because I am still incredibly busy. I keep telling myself that I can wait until tomorrow, but it's harder than you think to break a routine of 40 plus years. I'm practicing patience, but I want to get it done now. I am able to just stop and do things with the family. And not feeling guilty about it is really nice. That part can only get better.
But does anyone know for sure why it's called retirement? (And don't even think about making up some bonehead story. And I know that's asking a lot!) All your life you "tire" and then you get to "re-tire". Sounds like something on a car. Worn out and then get new tread. Oh well, the thought just hit me. You know, it's really kinda strange, knowing I never have to go to work again. I don't have to take a vacation day to get caught up on the farm work or repairs on the apartments. I don't even have to take vacation days to go on vacation. Wow, how cool is that?? No more being forced in on a Saturday or having to work Christmas day. And of course no more of that torture of going to the roof in all kinds of weather. Of course, no more paycheck either, but if done right, that is just a minor inconvenience.
Yep, the more I think about it the more I realize just how nice it is. So long as my health holds out I think this could really be unbelievable. I am already planning some trips in the fall and spring. Maybe go back to Baltimore and try to find the Whitaker beginnings. Stay a day or two or what the heck maybe decide to stay as long as I like. That seems almost too good to be true.
RETIREMENT--I think I'm going to like it!!!

17 Comments:

Blogger momma-whit said...

And now I don't have to hear the "what are they going to do to me, fire me" that I have heard now for the last month or so.

I love you and am happy you can now experience this new milestone in your life. You've earned it.

9:36 PM  
Blogger Stud said...

Being free for the holidays, especially Christmas has got to be the best. Congratulations!

9:15 PM  
Blogger A-Whit said...

Dad, as long as you're planning trips, I don't mind sleeping on the couch if you wanna revisit The Big Apple. It's not that far from Baltimore... Just an idea.

I'm so glad that you got to retire. But when did my parents become children? You're more excited about this retirement than you were about getting a new Sears catalog for the outhouse. And mom's giddy as a school girl over her new car. What happened to my folks?!

7:42 PM  
Blogger Bobbie Jo said...

I'm with Mom. I'm really glad that Dad's retiring mostly because I won't have to hear "what are they going to do, fire me?" anymore.
Hopefully now he'll have enough energy to go on a bike ride. Just kidding dad. I really am happy for you.

10:25 AM  
Blogger Matt said...

Maybe now, with all the free time, you will be able to start actually getting below 10,000 on you "10,000 Things to Do List". Enjoy it Dad!

7:23 PM  
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9:46 PM  
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blog to my favorites list so I can come back later on and read some more stuff. Well I guess I should get back to researching seattle golf equipment .
Even though my search is not on RE-TAR-MENT I am glad I came across your blog. Keep blogging away!

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P.S I will add you to my favorites so I can come back and visit later
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1:27 PM  
Blogger Rebek said...

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5:22 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

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