After Door County Vacation

What I do now that I am retired

  • Tuesday

Tuesday I got the call to watch a sick grandchild for the day so his parents could work.  I am the primary babysitter backup for all of my grandchildren.  Retirement gives me that flexibility.  The last  school year I picked up the three youngest from the busstop and kept them until one of their parents got off work and took them home.  I am also accompanying a daughter to outpatient surgery on this Friday.

At first I thought that this was an imposition on my quest for meaningful work and it is not easy caring for children, but I now know that this is an important role for me.  Besides, I have pretty much given up on the idea of returning to the work force full time.    I am learning to enjoy the slower pace, and I am able to re-arrange my schedule for the things that I want/need to do.

  • Contract IT work

I used to do contract IT jobs, both as an independent contractor and as a W-2 employee, but the work pays less with increasing documentation requirements.  It’s all due to the deplorable state of theeconomy.  At least that’s how it seems to me. 

  • Next time

Another thing I do to occupy my time.

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About reluctantretiree

recent last-minute retiree, husband, father, grandfather, student, technology nerd, fabricator, builder, etc., trying to figure out what to do with the rest of my life.
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