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Two Different Retirement Stories From The Same 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. My dad’s going away party wasn’t just a small affair or a case of a little get-together with stale doughnuts, as the mayor of the city honored my dad and held a big celebration to mark the end of his career, an event held at the Historic Town Hall. 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.

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. 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. My dad has even set up a dozen of birdhouses as well as birdbaths. My siblings and I worked with a local carpenter as they built a birdhouse which resembles their home.

My dad also spends some time playing a game of bowling with my brother who works at Art Council in town, and he gets enough time for his lunch break such that he can meet dad and play a bowling game. On Thursdays, you can find dad and my brother at a local alley as they cash in their coupons for the buy-one-get-one-free games and while they will also spend a lot of cash on hotdogs and shoe rentals, they always cherish bowling game and time that they spend 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 decided to teach yoga for seniors while she also focused on polishing her Spanish speaking skills by even hopping online to learn more common phrases.