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Two Retirement Stories That Vary, But From My Family

My father had spent around 25 years working as a postal clerk, and by the time he retired, I was pregnant with our second child. When my dad decided to bring his career to a standstill, his gong away party wasn’t just an affair of stale doughnuts and the day-old punch, but it was a big event held at the historic Town Hall as the mayor of the city decided to honor my dad. There were around 75 persons who were present for the full-blow feast, with none having a bad story to tell about my father. Some would just tell how they had an immediate Christmas package that my dad helped them deliver in good time, while some remembered how my dad provided stamps to their kids and brightened the kid’s lunch breaks.

When he no longer worked as a postal clerk where he had to sort mails and send packages, he was lost a bit considering that the job was an important chunk of his life. My kids and I eased the situation for my dad, as we are also staying at our home which is only two miles away, and we take lunch together with my dad and also walk around town to deliver errands. Although it took him some time, like it would be the case of any other individual who brings to an end such a long career, my dad found out new hobbies, as he couldn’t even recall what he used to love. But he focused on these three activities as his main pastimes.

Just as expected, my dad loves bird watching, and it is in our family veins since my grandfather was also an avid birdwatcher. My parents have set up at least a dozen of birdbaths and birdhouses at their home. For our Christmas, my kids and I spent time with a local carpenter who built a birdhouse that resembles their home.

Another activity that is a pass time for my dad is playing the bowling game, and my brother who works at Art Council in town gets enough time during his lunch break to play the bowling game. You can find them on Thursdays as they cash in coupons at an alley to play the buy-one-get-one-free games and they can also spend some cash on the hotdogs and shoe rentals to what they both cherish.

Bargain hunting is also part of dad’s pastime where he hunts around town to find best deals. He will look for steals on groceries and hardware, and he has introduced me to several consignment shops.

My grandmother also retired around the same time as my dad as she worked as a part-time secretary for the local church office past the usual retirement age. She has since turned to teaching senior yoga and also perfecting her Spanish-speaking skills to the extent of hopping online to learn more common phrases.