Friday, May 18, 2012
We're Both Officially Retired!
Today is my husband's last day at work. As of about 2:00 PM this afternoon he will be on his way home as an official new member of the retiree club. Our plans for the remainder of the day are to do some free wine tasting at Total Wine, enjoy homemade mushroom risotto for dinner, and then head to our dance studio to take a $10 per person salsa dance class and stay for some free social dancing afterward. Nothing mind or bank-blowing because, hey, we're on a fixed income now!
Actually, the reason we're keeping tonight low key is because Mike and my daughter are taking off bright and early tomorrow morning for a two day, 800 mile motorcycle ride to and around Yosemite National Park. The ride is an annual event sponsored by the Pasadena Motorcycle Club called the Greenhorn Road Tour. Although the original plan was for me to go with him, when I mentioned the ride to my daughter, she immediately got so excited I didn't have the heart to tell her his passenger seat was already taken. And besides, I'd participated in the ride several times over the years on my own motorcycle, so I was truly very happy to give up my seat to her this year so she could enjoy some quality time with her dad. Who knows how many more times they'll have the opportunity to do so?
What really feels surreal to me at this point, is that on Monday we are going to run around together to Camping World and a few other places, in order to enjoy spending some gift cards he received as retirement gifts from his co-workers this last week. We're going shopping on a Monday . . . now that feels weird! But in a really, really nice way. Sort of like Christmas morning nice - to me it feels like the whole world is opening up and everything is about to change. As nice as my first year of retirement has been, there were many, many things that had to be put on hold until Mike retired, and my world is therefore expanding right along with his. So, this morning I'm as giddy with elation as I think he is.
Life suddenly feels full of new possibilities, and I'm so excited to dive in and get started. And thankful, so thankful to be able to do so while we both have our health . . . and each other.
And so the next chapter begins.