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Two Retirement Stories That Vary, But From My Family

My dad had been working as a postal clerk for 25 years, and when he retired I was two-month pregnant with my 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 approximately 75 persons in attendance for the full blown feast, and they all came with good stories that they had to tell about my dad. Many individuals narrated how he had helped them when they needed to deliver an overnight package while others remembered how he offered their children a stamp to brighten the kid’s lunch break.

But when my dad was no longer involved with sorting mails or sending packages, he became lost a bit, as his clerk job was a significant chunk of his life. Thankfully, the fact that my kids and I also stay at home, just some two miles from our dad’s property, it has been easier for my dad as we’ll usually take lunch together and even trot around town together as we deliver errands. My dad has found out new hobbies, but you can guess that it took him some time, just like any other individual who ends their career as they might not remember what they used to love. As part of his pastime, my dad has focused on the following activities.

My grandfather was a birdwatcher, and it seems to be in our family’s veins considering that even my dad also loves birdwatching. My parents have set up at least a dozen of birdbaths and birdhouses at their home. My siblings and I worked with a local carpenter as they built a birdhouse which 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 has even introduced me to some few consignment shops as he’s always looking for steals on groceries and hardware.

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 turned into teaching yoga and also perfecting her Spanish-speaking skills, hopping online to learn more common phrases.