Chicken Soup For The Soul
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“Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for the Young at Heart”
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“Life begins at retirement.” – Author Unknown
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A woman enjoys her retirement.
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There were two lounge chairs nestled under the trees in our backyard that had been gently beckoning me for some time. I was always too busy to lie back and relax on the soft blue cushions and listen to the quiet. The only sound there is the chirping of the little brown birds that nest in our trees. Finally, though, I have retired and I have that precious commodity – time. Why do they call it retirement? Why not replenishment, enjoyment or fulfillment, or how about contentment?
What a joy to finally sit in one of the lounge chairs and play a game of Scrabble with my husband on a weekday afternoon! Or to read a book with our dog snoozing on the lawn a few feet away! What a joy to check the paper for the timing of the tides and to drive over to Dog Beach during low tide! My husband and Molly and I walk up and down the shore, soaking in the beauty, and enjoying the happy faces of the owners and their dogs.
How delightful to pick up our little granddaughter at the end of her day in kindergarten and walk her home to our house. We get to listen to her tell us about her day and explain the papers in her folder. Then we go outside and ride bikes together.
It is such a pleasure to have time to write stories and memoirs that have been simmering in my soul for years. What a challenge to peruse the current issue of The Writer’s Market for possible publishers for my work. What a pleasure to get ideas from my writing group!
After years of walking wistfully past the piano in our living room, I finally have the time to practice, and at long last I can play John Lennon’s “Imagine” fairly well. After some lessons, I can occasionally hit a golf ball in a straight path down the fairway. My husband is particularly proud of my prowess on the green, and I’ve actually heard him bragging about the putts I’ve sunk!
We work very hard throughout our lives to fulfill our responsibilities and to achieve our goals. Now I wake up in the morning and I can do the things I have always dreamed of doing and have always had to postpone. I am so grateful to at last be able to spend as much time as I want with those I love. This time is even more fulfilling and rewarding than I ever imagined. Yes, I think instead of retirement, it should be called contentment.
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