Congratulations, Dad!

Tonight I went to my dad's retirement party. It was fun to gather with my parents and their friends and celebrate. We're so happy and proud of him. It's a joy to see him enter this new chapter in life!


But just like most big transitions, impending retirement has its happy and sad parts. My dad described it as bittersweet. He said he's happy to be finished working, but it's a little disconcerting to think of the clock running down on your life. As his daughter, I refuse to entertain such thoughts all the while understanding exactly what he means. 

So Dad, let's talk here about only the happy things I imagine for your golden years!

I'm looking forward to getting to know you in a different way. I've always admired what a hard worker you are, but it will be nice to see you relaxing more often. 

I think it will be fun to see you and mom travel more and hope we can even travel places together. 

I'm happy you'll be able to pursue your hobbies at your leisure, instead of trying to fit them in during the evening or on the weekends. 

I'm looking forward to seeing my kids spend more time with you. I want them to enjoy more fishing. I want them to have more memories of swimming, playing tennis, and Christmas shopping with you. I want them to see you cheering them on at games and school events. 

I think you'll garden more and do house projects and spend time with the dog and be going so many places and doing so many things that you'll wonder how you ever had time for working!


May these years of retirement be blessed with people, activities and things that bring a smile to your face!


8 comments:

  1. Congratulations to your dad on his retirement... here's hoping he enjoys all that extra time and makes the most of every single minute x

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    1. Thanks, Izzie! My parents have a lot of plans, so I think they'll stay busy!

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  2. What a sweet post and a super snazzy car! I think my husband is looking forward to those kind of days!

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    1. Thanks! The car is snazzy, but we just borrowed from a guest at the party! :)

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  3. Beautiful post, Marie. Very well said. I hope these things for mom and dad, too. <3
    Lisa

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    1. Thanks, Lisa! Happy to see this dream become a reality for them!

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  4. Congratulations to your dad! My parents retired a few years ago and it's such a fun time of life.

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    1. Thanks Lana, it definitely seems like fun! :)

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