Two Retirement Stories That Vary, But From My Family

When I was only two-months pregnant with my second child, it is the time my dad brought his career as a postal clerk, that had lasted for 25 years, to a standstill. 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. Approximately 75 individuals turned up for the full-blown feast and everyone had a good story 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. 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. 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. My dad has however focused on these three activities as part of his pastime.

My dad loves bird watching, and it isn’t a surprise to any of us as it seems to be in our family’s veins, considering that even my grandfather was an avid birdwatcher. Visit my dad’s property and you will get a sight of a dozen of birdhouses as well as birdbaths. For our Christmas, my kids and I spent time with a local carpenter who built a birdhouse that resembles their home.

Bowling is also another pastime for dad as my brother who works at Arts Council in town affords enough time during lunch break to meet dad for a quick bowling game. On Thursdays, they will cash in coupons at the nearby alley for buy-one-get-one-free games, and while they spend cash on hotdogs and shoe rentals, they cherish their time together.

Dad has also been doing bargain hunting as a pastime. He will look for steals on groceries and hardware, and he has introduced me to several consignment shops.

My granny had been working as a part-time secretary at her local church office, working past the usual retirement age, also retired. 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.