Monday, January 30, 2012

Idleness

This is a picture of central Edinburgh. In front of the Castle you can see the art galleries and underneath the right-hand one, with windows looking out on to the gardens, is a restaurant.
Here's a closer photo of it.
And now we're inside.
I met a friend here today, a retired teacher like me. We sat for quite a long time, she drinking tea, I drinking cappuccino, both of us nibbling shortbread. We discussed many things, including the beauty and sweetness of our grandchildren. We looked out at the Edinburgh skyline. She said meditatively, "Do you know, I think this is probably more fun than teaching."
I think she may have been right.

11 comments:

Dragonfly Dreams said...

What a delightful time you must have had with your friend! Although teaching, I am sure, had its memorable and satisfying moments, enjoying "your time" can be just as satisfying, wouldn't you agree? It is so much fus enjoying it with you!

patty said...

What a beautiful photo of the city. Brings me wonderful memories!

Annie said...

It took a while to get past the feelings of guilt at not doing something 'productive' with my days after I retired. But then I realised that in looking after my Mum while she was still around and doing some volunteering for a charity I was actually making a valuable contribution to society. The guilt disappeared and I can now appreciate the joy of days such as this one. Especially when they don't have to be confined to the school holidays!

Ann said...

Wait.... is it really that green in Edinburgh already? If so, I'll be right over! Enjoy your days... you've earned them. Am puzzled about the square, plaid stools in front of the tables... they seem the same height as the tables. Uncomfortable?

Isabelle said...

No, the photos weren't taken today (or by me). And I don't think the stools are still there for the very reason you suggest, Ann.

Jennifer said...

I think your friend is right too!

Molly said...

Sitting with a friend, sipping cappuccino and nibbling on shortbread more fun than marking papers and cataloging howlers? How could this be??

the veg artist said...

You are getting the hang of this retirement lark!

Jane said...

Sounds good to me :-)

Gina E. said...

I just have to say it: "I TOLD you so!" (that you would enjoy not having to go to work any more)

Dartford Warbler said...

Your friend Is right, but it takes a while to lose the guilt at not being part of the workforce any more. I have a busy life, but I can still have that " What on earth am I doing?" feeling if I sit down to read or knit/sew in the middle of the day. The Protestant Work Ethic is deeply ingrained in most of us......!