Friday, November 18, 2011

Mr Life prepares for fun

You might remember that a few weeks ago Mr Life decided in the middle of his evening meal to put in his resignation at work the following day. And did. And is therefore retiring at the end of January to spend more time with his mother-in-law. (Possibly this wasn't quite his motivation but it's likely to work out that way.)

I think this decision had been simmering for a while, but it came as a surprise to me, at any rate.

Now he's been sent, one day a week for four weeks, to a preparation-for-retirement course, starting yesterday. They had various chats in the morning and then in the afternoon they went to the Scottish National Gallery. He had a lovely time. Next week they get a tour of the Central Library. The following week they go to the recently restored Chambers Street Museum and finallly they go for a guided tour of the High Street.

Was it tactless of me to enquire when they're having an afternoon preparing to tidy out the garage, blitz the study, trawl price comparison websites to find out the best deals for changing the electricity provider...?

12 comments:

Ali Honey said...

That is hilarious. They must think they have no ideas of their own....but well done I suppose.

Loved your last 2 posts. Kid's books are very special to me. I have quite a collection from my kids amd my teaching days.I have a particular interest in illustrators of Children's books.

Like you I too hope I never said anything to a student that held them back or made them timid in any way.
I just loved teaching and I think that helps if you like young people.

Rosemary Riveter said...

I would like to go along on those tours please!

Also necessary: price guidelines on paying local kids to mow your lawn & clean your gutters when you're not up to the task. I think they should include knitting or crochet classes for both sexes, something to keep the retirees occupied.

jkhenson said...

I enjoy all your posts, Isabelle! :) What an idea-classes to prepare for retirement! :) Sounds like fun! :)

I worry about my students and the impression I have on them, as well. Hopefully it is a long lasting positive one. I'm sure yours was, as well. :)

Sending good wishes for all at your house!

Thimbleanna said...

You're hysterical! I had to read that one to TheManoftheHouse -- he's over there snickering. Although, I'm sure in solidarity with Mr. Life....

Jane said...

Lucky Mr Life. Glad it was the book you were looking for, it immediately rang a bell with me and I knew husband would know the author.

Mac n' Janet said...

I was given no classes when I prepared to retire, just financial meetings where papers had to be signed, including my husband's signature agreeing to all my decisions.

Lucy said...

Hee hee. Perhaps they're thinking that the chaps need help to be kept out from under your feet! Mind you I should think the sight of the high street and the thought of being involved in the shopping will strike dread into the heart of many a man...

Ann said...

What a civilized employer he has - I'm impressed!

Molly said...

Considering how often you hear of men going into a decline after they retire, feeling their life has no focus anymore, I think it's marvellous that his company cares about his life after retirement!

The answer to your question---arthritis---used to be bad and painful but really well controlled now by daily medicine. Fingers crossed you'll have no need to see the doc for a long time to come!

ChrisB said...

Ha Ha loving it!!

Marcheline said...

HA!

Gina E. said...

Hee hee, love your final word there! One of my friends retired before her husband, and when it was his turn, she told him "Love having you around, but just remember I don't Do Lunch". Meaning that she did not want to be called on to make lunch at a particular time just because he was ready for it!