Friday Fictioneers: Retirement is Hard!

Ted sat back in his chair feeling satiated, smug, and a little guilty. If his wife found out he had a deli lunch she would nag him for a week. This retirement thing is hard. It was fine when it was just him, but since she has retired also, he feels smothered. Her new job is to get them to eat healthier and exercise. He appreciates her efforts, but that woman is a tyrant! He pops a second dose of his BP meds (just to be on the safe side) and a mint and heads home. Its time for their walk.

This week’s photo: © Ted Strutz

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36 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers: Retirement is Hard!

  1. When the man retires after his wife, she first of all thinks “oh, all these jobs around the house for him to do. And when the man retires before the wife she thinks “ah… a lifestyle project.”


  2. It’s almost better to retire at the same time; if not one gets a routine going and when the other joins in, all hell breaks loose. I’m thinking a lot of couples are finding out right now just how retirement might be! Maybe they’ll learn from this and prepare for then.


  3. Dear Dawn,

    Retirement with a spouse isn’t for the faint of heart. Our saving grace is our diverse interests. Although it’s a little suffocating at times. Nicely done.




  4. Oh boy, did this one ever ring true for me! My husband retired before I did, and things were okay. Then I retired, and because my rickety back is so bad, he doesn’t want me to lift a finger. I had to tell him I feel totally useless and he HAS to let me do as much as I can without doing further damage. A little different twist, but retirement really does put new stresses on even a long-term relationship like ours.


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