” You’re retired? ”
Yes. Yes, I retired from a profession some ten years ago and a trade two years ago.
” So you don’t work? ”
Don’t work? Whatever gave you that idea? I work every day…and upon some days…all day.
Since becoming a double retiree I work for my family. I make sure that we have clean clothes, good food, a tidy house, and security. And we have those things every day. In fact we have them to a more satisfactory extent than ever before – more care is taken and it leads to better results.
” But you don’t get a pay cheque…”
I don’t need a pay cheque. Nor do I need the governance of the person who signs it. Oh, I thought I did when I first began this second retirement…I thought I would be huddled over a meagre fire of twigs, lost and alone. I was wrong.
” But what is the point of your day? ”
I’ll give you a little time to re-read the paragraph about working for the family. Done? Well add to that my participation in two forms of art and one form of literature…and the occasional visit with a friend…and I’ll think you’ll find that my days do really have a purpose. I have found new vistas to view, and I’m enjoying it immensely.
” But don’t you want a job? ”