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Old 04-20-2019, 01:45 PM   #1
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Retirement? Must be nice.

I quit my construction job almost 6 years ago. But retired? Not yet. My wife wanted to take care of her parents so in 2013 we moved them from Southern California up here to Helena Montana. And they have been living with us ever since. Her dad is a World War II, Korean and Vietnam war vet. He is currently 92 years old and has chronic COPD. We have to constantly monitor his oxygen levels keep his generators and oxygen bottles going and he is so frail we dare not leave the two of them home alone even to go out for a short date. I spend more time in the VA hospital waiting room, at his appointments, than I do at the range or riding my motorcycle.
We're doing everything we can to keep them healthy, happy and entertained but sometimes it gets difficult. It's harder than raising two small kids.
I feel guilty even looking forward to the time when it's just her and I retired because that means they will be gone. I am a recovering Catholic; I feel guilty about everything.
Tomorrow we're having everybody over for Easter dinner. They love that; seeing their grandkids and their great grandkids.
Here's wishing everybody on KT a wonderful Easter day and I hope you and yours are all doing well.
Remember; family is what it's all about.
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Old 04-20-2019, 02:07 PM   #2
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The sacrifices you and your wife are making to make the last years good ones for the parents is admirable. You two are making their Easter family get together a happy day for them. You both are, I'm sure, appreciated by them and the family! I hope it's a great day all around! Take care!!
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Yeah, it was easy for me to say. My relatives (and parents) died several years ago. My MIL is still alive, but she seeks out her son on the holidays. My wife is not even going to see her mother until next Saturday, which will be "her turn."

My brother lives in the south, and he moves between houses in two differing state areas. He cannot change a spark-plug, but he can buy real estate...
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I understand everything your saying Cuca, I retired on 12/31/99, in 2005 I had to start caring for my mother. I'm not complaining but I haven't been more then 20 minutes away from the house in 14 years, Mom turned 100 on 1/02/19.
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We feel ya! Been there done that.
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Old 04-20-2019, 03:54 PM   #6
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Retirement takes a lot of work.
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Old 04-20-2019, 04:14 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by Shootinit View Post
Retirement takes a lot of work.
LOL. I wasn't totally ready to quit working six years ago but my wife could not do this alone, it's a full-time job for both of us. Still working just as hard (on call 24/7); just gave up all the income.
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Old 04-20-2019, 05:00 PM   #8
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For me it was like rolling off a log. I got sick of the stress, and I wanted to stop working. Additionally, my own knives needed polishing.

I'm in good health, I go to the gym everyday, I seem to be getting enough sleep, and the rat-race of shipping and receiving is now a faint memory.

For me, it took no work at all. I just quit and the tension abated.
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Old 04-20-2019, 05:07 PM   #9
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Yeah but it'll take about like two years for you to stop waking up in a sweat after a dream that you were working on a bunch of knives and behind schedule.
When you have to ask your wife what day it is when you get up you'll know you're retired.
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