My father had spent around 25 years working as a postal clerk, and by the time he retired, I was pregnant with our second child. My dad’s going away party wasn’t just a small affair or a case of a little get-together with stale doughnuts, as the mayor of the city honored my dad and held a big celebration to mark the end of his career, an event held at the Historic Town Hall. There were around 75 persons who were present for the full-blow feast, with none having a bad story to tell about my father. Many individuals narrated how he had helped them when they needed to deliver an overnight package while others remembered how he offered their children a stamp to brighten the kid’s lunch break.
When he no longer worked as a postal clerk where he had to sort mails and send packages, he was lost a bit considering that the job was an important chunk of his life. Thankfully, I have been staying at home with my two kids, just some two miles away, and we are taking lunch together and also running errands around town together every day. My dad found new hobbies, but as you can guess, it took him some time, just like it would be the case with any other individual who brings such a long career to a standstill as they are unlikely to remember what they used to love. As part of his pastime, my dad has focused on the following activities.
My grandfather was a birdwatcher, and it seems to be in our family’s veins considering that even my dad also loves birdwatching. My parents have set up at least a dozen of birdbaths and birdhouses at their home. My siblings and I worked with a local carpenter as they built a birdhouse which resembles their home.
My dad also spends some time playing a game of bowling with my brother who works at Art Council in town, and he gets enough time for his lunch break such that he can meet dad and play a bowling game. On Thursdays, they will cash in coupons at the nearby alley for buy-one-get-one-free games, and while they spend cash on hotdogs and shoe rentals, they cherish their time together.
Bargain hunting is also part of dad’s pastime where he hunts around town to find best deals. He has even introduced me to some few consignment shops as he’s always looking for steals on groceries and hardware.
My grandmother also retired around the same time as my dad as she worked as a part-time secretary for the local church office past the usual retirement age. She decided to teach yoga for seniors while she also focused on polishing her Spanish speaking skills by even hopping online to learn more common phrases.