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Retirement choice

Posted: June 21, 2012 3:42 p.m.
Updated: June 22, 2012 5:00 a.m.

When I retired, one of my friends asked me what I was going to do with my time. I told her I was already volunteering and working out. She looked incredulous and remarked, “Well, I don’t know what I will do, but certainly will not do those two.” She had no idea how entertaining, healthful, and fulfilling these activities are. I have also met many charming, amazing, and different people there. I had the same choice that most have -- vegetate or activate. I chose to activate when family matters allowed. My life is much fuller because of my involvement.

While volunteering, I overheard two clients complaining about “an elderly white haired lady.” I knew that laughter would dispel the animosity, so I walked out from back and teasingly said, “When you are talking about me, you should add the description ‘who looks like a sexy teenager.”’ They looked at each other and replied, “Oh, no, you look like someone on television.” Certain they were to add something like Godzilla or the Creature from the Black Lagoon, I laughed and asked, “Who, Pamela Anderson.” I was certainly not expecting their serious reply -- “No, one of the Golden Girls.” Since only Betty White and I are still living, I was a little nonplussed. They, however, laughed and left in a much better mood than when I entered. I, a former teacher, learned I did not have all the answers, even after dealing with teenagers for years!

I am exceeding lucky to find myself needed and helpful in retirement years. No one ever hears me complain about being lonesome or bored. I am too busy!

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