Sunday, March 20, 2011

80th Birthday.

This party was on Friday for my father. What should an 80 year old do to celebrate his birthday?

He had a job interview. A few months ago he was laid off from another company that was downsizing. I should also note that he has no need to work. This brings up a lot of disconcerting questions, like why I am bothering with my retirement when my father considers it a disgrace to retire. Can a good son contemplate retirement?

7 comments:

Tikno said...

Some men think that having a job also means having self-esteem. Maybe your father thinks that way.

Congratulation! It's your turn to care your father, like when he guiding "baby Looney" to learn to walk. Rather than contemplate retirement... you have additional job my friend ;)

gaelikaa said...

I think it's great that he still wants to work. Just wanting to is enough, whether he can or not is another matter entirely!

Rummuser said...

Looney, my father is 94. He would go to work if I allow him. I am not a good or a bad son. I am just a retired son! Such sons don't have to be hard on themselves!

Dee Ice Hole said...

Many people are what they do---I thought I was one of them but decided to retire over a major disagreement with upper level management anyway. I always worried about whether I could do it. After the first week I was amazed at how much better I felt. I saw the doctor a couple of months later for a physical---my blood pressure had dropped 20 points on the top and 28 points on the bottom. He asked me what I had done to make this happen---I told him I retired. He said "You should have done that five years ago."

Hope you figure it out for yourself soon. It is a tough call. But the results are UNDER RATED.

Inklings said...

Yes, you can retire whenever you want.Some people can't handle that much free time and want to work to not go crazy, and that is probably why your father does. I understand both sides.

Looney said...

Thanks everyone for all that good advice. I think I will just have to keep my mind focused on my work for a few more years and see how things play out!

Whether I formally 'work' or not, I can't imagine I will have too little to do.

Max Coutinho said...

Looney,

First of all: belated Happy B-day to your dad :D.

Retirement is a personal choice. I, personally, do not think I will ever retire...I just don't see it. I am used to work since I was 17 so, to me retirement seems boring.

But I am still young...let's see when I get to 75 LOL...

Cheers