When your grown children call and ask you to watch the grandchildren, you jump at the chance and say, “Well, of course!” Perhaps you are more seasoned at watching two kids at a time than we are, but at first it seemed a bit daunting.
Turned out to be a great evening for Grandpa. He really dug in and started his new retired life with energy and enthusiasm. First job, re-learn how to play Candy Land. “C” had just learned the game, but was eager to teach Grandpa how to move the Gingerbread Man. The conversation went something like this, “Now Grandpa, see first you get a card and see the color. Then you move your man, just like this!” Not bad for a 3 year old!! Of course, grandpa had to carefully watch just how many green squares she moved through! It was great fun to be in the other room and over hear and watch this precious interaction.
As the evening went on Dan settled in to watch TV. Ha! Not without a kid. Grandpa and little “D” got comfy and watch football. Good times had by all!
Dan also had the privilege of reading the bedtime story (Jungle Book) and helping with bedtime routines. The girls were asleep by 7:15 and Grandpa was snoring by 7:45. Babysitting can be so grueling! What a blessing to live right down the street so we can share in these sweet moments. Grandma Katie waited up for mama and papa to arrive at 9:30. Retirement is grand 🙂
Dan is officially retired! The business is sold. So why doesn’t it feel any different? That’s because he’s STILL working!! Despite the retirement party with family (He wanted no part of a big party), apparently there are still projects, loose ends, etc. he wants to see through. Hmmmm. Those of you who know Dan are simply chuckling. Of course he retired, his body just hasn’t caught up with his head decision to retire! Got a love a man with a great work ethic!
Seriously, after finishing up a few loose ends he is free to take on whatever he likes at whatever pace he likes. Lots of time for golf, hiking, volunteering, time with grand kids, travel, home improvement projects, and hopefully a few personally crafted blog entries. I know he wants to dabble in selling a bit of real estate, but mostly I think he wants the ability to decide if it would be a good day to go play golf!
Congratulations Dan! Let’s see what new adventures 2017 has for you. Your family loves you bunches. Happy New Year and Happy Retirement!
When you are retired you supposedly have lots of extra time and are free to volunteer to help those who could use an extra hand. Dan had a few moments to help Santa’s elves assemble a little glider bike for C. And he thought the days of putting wagons, scooters, hot wheels, and bikes were long past. The good news is, Dan doesn’t need to look at directions any longer. Grandma’s job: put a bow on the handlebars. What a team!
Another almost retired morning when I get to go play golf. Tee time at Riverwalk was 8:22; perfect day, no one one the course and perfect weather. Our foursome was ready for some fun. One of the guys shot a 36 on the front nine. A perfect score! No chance I could do that!! But, I did manage to get a bunch of pars and a birdie. Oh yes, there were only three bad holes. Usually I hit around 100 so this was a great day!