This blog started with the thought that my wife’s retirement was good for me. Six reasons flashed into my mind and then into my notes for this blog.
- No more rushed dinners when I come home at the same time or just before her.
- Reduced number of weekend supermarket trips.
- She’s home when I come home, it feels like a 1950’s sitcom.
- She can meet me for lunch.
- A typical morning question before I go to work is, “What can I do you for you today?”
- My laundry duty has been reduced to bringing a full basket to the laundry room in the morning.
While all these points are true I realized it was a list of me, me, and more me. Even the idea of a blog about why her retirement is good for me sounds a little narcissistic. Why should I sound this way? In an instant I switched my thoughts to why my wife’s retirement is good for her.
- She deserved it. She’s worked long enough and maintained our family while working full time.
- More time to devote to her needs, both physical and mental.
- She’s home when I come home (sound familiar), which means she is not rushing to make dinner.
- No need to prove her value. She’s done it all and while she worked.
- She can meet me for lunch (sound familiar). Which we now do about once a month.
- Someone has to take care of the dog, the most valuable member of our family.
We are both happier now that she is home. It is a win, win position for both of us. I prefer the situation as it is now, a pretend 1950’s sitcom without the kids, noisy neighbors, or calamities. The real test will come when I am home on weekdays. Will my retirement be good for me and our family dynamic? I can’t wait to find out. But that will have to wait a few more years.
KISS. Keep it Sane Soul Mates.
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