The plan? Sleep in and enjoy the day without a plan. After all, this is retirement!
I woke up about quarter til five. Although I did go back to sleep for a bit, I was up at 5:30. So much for sleeping in.
Might as well get up and be productive. I decided to take advantage of the cool quiet morning and clean up the drive and walks. It was bemusing to just watch as others hustled to work. Once the drive and walks were looking better – no more whirlybirds or miniature maples trying to grow in the cracks – the grass was much too long. So, I mowed. Much better.
It was still morning, so we went to the park.When we got home, I needed to call about our water heater which apparently was tired of holding all that water. I guess this is part of retirement, as well – no need to take an emergency day!
By afternoon, it was nap time – something unheard of for decades. But I wasn’t alone.
Approaching retirement, I am experiencing a series of “last” events. Tonight was my last parent-teacher conference. This time of year, we don’t generally see many parents and this rainy evening was no exception. Working an eleven hour day in order to visit with three parents – one more “last” becomes part of the past.
Fifty-five is the youngest age to retire – which was the spark for this site. Fifty-five is also the age IHOP chose for their senior menu – breakfast: check. Chili’s Restaurant offers a 10% senior discount starting at fifty-five – lunch: check. Perkins offers special deals starting at fifty-five – dinner: check.
Fifty-five is a natural number whose factors are 5*11 and whose divisors are 1,5,11, and – wait for it – 55! It is a triangular number (you are welcome, Candy, my friend.) It is the 10th Fibonacci number. Fifty-five is also (albeit short) a palindrome.
Separate 55 to 5-5 and now we have a date – calendar date, that is. May 5th – Cinco de Mayo – Cartoonist Day – Museum Lover’s Day – National Hoagie Day – and – Revenge of the Fifth. Oh, and also the launch date for this site!
Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton
Life can always throw you a curve. Change can be frightening. I turn 55on55 (fifty-five on five five) which allows me to take advantage of an early retirement incentive. Not entirely prepared for this change, I nevertheless am excited about this alteration in my lifestyle. May this major change be a catalyst for new adventures and opportunities.