Day 3063: Retirement Plans

Despite the title of today’s post, I have no retirement plans, even though I’m well past the traditional age for retirement. I love my work as a group therapist in a large Boston teaching hospital, so when people ask me about my retirement plans, I say “no plans to retire” and sometimes, when I’m feeling particularly non-retiring, I say, “No retirement plans and when I die, I’d like to have my body stuffed and put in the group room, so I can be THAT kind of therapist.” To illustrate those plans, I get into a typical silent-therapist-listening pose, kind of like this:

Some people think that’s funny, others find it disturbing, and I have no plans to retire that line.

So why is today’s post titled “retirement plans”? I planned that title because of today’s Daily Bitch …

… and because my ex-brother-in-law Joe …

— shown there in an unplanned portrait with my ex-sister-in-law Deborah and their adorable English Setter, Lake — told me yesterday he would like to retire to their lovely home in Connecticut.

I also have no retirement plans regarding this daily blog, so I hope you enjoy today’s typically unplanned post, containing all the photos I snapped yesterday while connecting in Connecticut at Deborah and Joe’s home, at the nearby Harkness Memorial State Park, and at a local restaurant.

I hope the New London restaurant On the Waterfront has no plans to retire their delicious avocado salad, which was a special on the menu last night. My plan last night was to treat Deborah and Joe to to their first meal in a restaurant since the global pandemic changed all our plans a year and a half ago, and those plans worked out very well indeed.

In honor of Joe, here’s “The Retirement Song,” an a cappella sea shanty by The Longest Johns:

What are your thoughts and feelings about retirement plans? Please don’t be shy and retiring about sharing them in a comment, below.

I have no plans to retire my daily expressions of gratitude, so thanks to all who inspire me to blog every day, including YOU.

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18 thoughts on “Day 3063: Retirement Plans

  1. Joe and Deborah’s lovely dog certainly is anything but retiring, Ann. Thanks for sharing photos of the pooch!

    • Thanks for sharing this comment, Mark, and I look forward to sharing time with you, your wonderful wife Karen, and your lovely rescue pooch on Cape Cod very soon!

  2. Don’t retire! 🙂 I am often intrigued to see a lovely 95 year old lady who is still active and on no medication vs. a barely 60 year old individual who is house bound and needs full time assistance. When I ask the 95 year old what’s the secret?… it’s the same message all along – stay active and busy, don’t take life too seriously, eat well and avoid alcohol and drugs. May you continue to work in a job that you love for a very long time!

    • I hope to make it to 95 so I will follow your advice and not retire! Thanks so much for sharing your lovely thoughts about retirement here.

  3. You never struck me as the retiring type Ann! Just a thought – to retire, do you first have to tire?

  4. puella33

    I love the beautiful gardens-. They look very European. You doo what you feel like doing, Ann. What seems good to one person, may not feel the same to another person.

  5. I love, love, love that photo of you in listening-therapist mode, Ann, but I REALLY do not even want to imagine your body stuffed and propped in an office, collecting dust. I mean, just the thought — would you have to be vacuumed? If your glasses went out of style, would somebody get you new ones? Where would they put you during renovations?

    Can you think of maybe becoming a screensaver instead?

    • What makes you think I would be collecting dust, Maureen? My hope is always to be useful even after death, so perhaps a screensaver is a better idea. Or maybe this blog will keep helping after my ultimate retirement. Thanks for all your lovely comments, my friend.

  6. Charles Dickens, I think, had the best retirement plan: he died at his writing desk working on his final novel. We should all be so lucky to finally retire doing what we love. And I can understand the appeal of standup comedy. All comedians get to die doing what they love, sometimes several nights in a row.

  7. Can’t imagine you ‘going gently into that good (retirement) night,’ Ann! And that photo of you with the poster is awesome. 🙂

  8. This post with your picture is really interesting, and Connecticut is very nice!

  9. I love your attitude! My husband is a person who works for the paycheck and has been talking about retiring pretty much since I’ve known him. On the other hand, after my son is out from under, I want to get training in hypnotherapy, which has helped change my life in amazing ways, and have a practice until I’m physically unable to do so.

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