A NEW BEGINNING: RETIREMENT

Bulbs   Spring has sprung and with it come many changes in my life.  The first of which is that I gave my office notice last week that I am retiring the end of the month.  I was hesitant about that.  They didn’t scream “No, don’t go!” or “The door is that way!” instead they were gracious, shook my hand, smiled, and wished me luck.  They said they were jealous and after all that is what everyone is working toward.

I don’t think when I began working I was thinking about retirement.  But my husband and I have worked for many years while we raised kids, paid the mortgage, collapsed on the couch many nights (bringing work home with us), all for the sake of the almighty dollar.  Okay, not everything I have done for the last 45 years was chasing money.  If so, I lost that race. But the job was first and foremost in our minds.  Now that it is happening, I have mixed feelings.

I plan to write more and garden in good weather.  I want to travel a little; at least as far as the retirement money will let me, and not set an alarm clock.  I plan to go to the gym more and cook good food instead of running in the door, skidding to a stop, and throwing something on the table so I can rush back out the door to some activity or other.

My husband’s birthday is today.  For his birthday I gave him money and a pamphlet for a pottery course.  If you know my husband, you are thinking, “pottery?”  Funny but he has always had an interest but never the time, so now he will have the time.  His first response was these are daytime classes.  Yes, dear, you will have your daytime free now.  It is a hard concept to swallow.

Wish us luck.  We have worked – like so many people – for a long time and now we have to try to learn how to relax.  Retirement – what an unusual concept. It is a new beginning.

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About peggylchambers

Peggy Chambers calls Enid, Oklahoma home. She has been writing for several years and is an award winning, three-time published author, always working on another. She spends her days, nights, and weekends making up stories. She attended Phillips University, the University of Central Oklahoma and is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. She is a member of the Enid Writers’ Club, and Oklahoma Writers’ Federation, Inc. There is always another story weaving itself around in her brain trying to come out. There aren’t enough hours in the day!
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2 Responses to A NEW BEGINNING: RETIREMENT

  1. Barbara Certo says:

    Congratulations Peggy! I hope you are able to find the time during your retirement to accomplish all your hopes and desires. I find I have less time now than I ever did before I retired. The thing I enjoy the most is not having to wake up to an alarm clock. I wouldn’t mind a rooster in the back yard, but the clock had to go. Yet, I still find myself waking up early every day. You guys have fun and enjoy your life.

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