Grandmother of the Goalie
It's All About Expectations

Still Working?

It’s not just friends and acquaintances.  It’s anybody of my generation that I meet.  If I say that I have a full-time job, people are surprised.  (And maybe a bit jealous?)

They ask me if I am thinking of retiring.  “From time to time, I think about it,” I reply.  That’s a truthful answer.  I do think about it from time to time. Just about every day. 

On Friday, my department had an off-site planning session.  Ideas about how we could do better were flying through the air.  I was excited about new challenges and possibilities, new ways to serve the institution I love.  I can’t imagine jumping ship when the sailing is so much fun.

But at 70-something, I’ll still think about it every day.


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Twin City Joan

Go for it. I also loved my job but I hit retirement age just after the "I can get it cheaper from India" wave hit and companies were shedding their American IT workers as fast as they could so I retired. However, I have a skill and I am good at what I do so after a year of thinking about it, I looked for 501(c3)organizations who needed what I could bring. I have continued to do the work I love, make new friends, meet new people, find a purpose, and get lots of gratitude for being able to do so. It is a win, win for both parties. I intend to continue doing it as long as I am able. So good for you and don't let anyone tell you that you should retire if you are not ready to do so.


Dear Mrs. Kugel,
My name is Angelika and this year I'm going to write a MA thesis on discoursive construction of elderly identity in weblogs narratives and that't the reason I'm writing to you. I would like to ask you whether it is possible to use some short passages of your blog entries. Would you be so kind to agree to this?
I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Best regards,

Nell Jean

Being retired does not have to mean that you have nothing to do, or as the woman with 7 small children told the census taker in an ancient cartoon, "I may be unemployed but I'm certainly not out of work."

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