Some time last year my granddaughter, Hope, explained retirement to her little sister, EJ, this way:
Hope: It means when people get older they retire. They sit at home and watch TV and get plumper while they are waiting to go to the retirement home.
Now that I am retired (I love the idea of not working, but the word "retirement" is a little hard for me to deal with), I am doing my best to avoid Hope's expectations of what I will be doing. I had a wonderful retirement party at work. I won't show any pictures of that since I don't have people's permission to use them. I was surprised and a little embarrassed to get a lot of great gifts, but this card made by Hope, EJ and Beck will be especially cherished.
I have been "retired" for nearly a week. Some of what I have been doing to avoid spending too much time plumping up on the couch includes:
Trying some delicious peaches at a local farmers market.
Cheering Jared and Justin on as they tried to dunk their mom at the pool on the 4th of July.
Going with Hope and EJ to a spa day at a kid's salon that their mom had gotten a coupon for. This was a special, one time treat, not a regular thing for these little girls. Hope loved it.
EJ wasn't so sure about it, but insisted she wanted to do it. We told her over and over that she didn't have to have anything done. She said she definitely wanted her nails painted and then insisted on taking it off immediately after it was done.
She especially wanted to get a feather and a tinsel put in her hair. Despite the look on her face, she insisted that she thought it was lots of fun.....mostly she just likes to like what her big sister likes.
Today I got to watch Justin, almost 9, play a tennis match. He won, 5 games to 1, I think. It was interesting to watch him being all business on the tennis court and then return to his usual goofy self when we went to lunch afterward.
Thanks to my family, so far I have been able to avoid too much couch time (though I have to admit to spending a little too much time playing the computer Mah Jong came that I am a bit addicted to). I'll keep you posted on my efforts to keep from getting plumper.