For the first time in over thirty years, I woke up late. Late mean around 9:30 AM. Usually I would be up from 4:30 AM and out of the house by 6:00 AM. Well, not today. This morning was special. The whole day was special. It was the first day of my retirement. It had finally arrived. Probably a bit later than expected, but that’s another story.
Initially I was afraid of this day. When I was young I feared that once I will retire, I will be incredibly bored. I thought that being old and retired meant being alone and grumpy. I could not ever picture myself alone. Grumpy, yes! But definitely not alone!
Thus when I discussed about it with my husband, he came up with a perfect solution. He was willing to retire the exact same day as me, so that I won’t be alone. When we both agreed to this plan, we were in our mid-forties. We decided that once we would retire, we would sell the cottage and travel the world for one year.
We have visited many countries throughout the years, but mostly separately. Our jobs implied extensive travelling. Only a few occasions we were allowed or had the opportunity to go as a family. Most of our family vacations were spent either at our summer cottage or in the Caribbean’s.
After the kids graduated and moved out, we wished to spend more time together. We needed to rediscover ourselves. It did feel a bit awkward in the beginning to be just the two of us in the house. We had been parents for too long. Our universe revolved around the boys. Once they were gone, everything seemed strange. Maybe even a bit empty. I guess we experienced the empty nest syndrome.
Anyway, we had to give our kids wings and let them fly away. Our youngest decided to go study in Montreal, while the oldest was already doing Plumbing Toronto. We encouraged them to follow their dreams, even which meant having them far from us.
This morning, when I woke up and went downstairs, my three boys were waiting anxiously for me. I had no idea the kids would come visit me. I had spoken with both of them on the phone last week, but they never mentioned anything about their arrival.
Since my husband and I were supposed to leave within a few days, and be abroad for a longer period of time, he organized a surprise family reunion. I was more than thrilled to see all of them once more.