What began euphorically with a great send-off from students and colleagues, quickly turned hard with the death of our friend Williance; then came unexpected challenges of having to reconfigure finances and schedule to fit my new life; then past emotional baggage showed up (as it seems to when life turns hard).
And did I mention we were building a new house?
The dream sustained me. That and friends like you.
And, like any English teacher, I researched the subject to death. Francis Bacon was right. Knowledge really is power, and there’s a bunch of info out there for a retirement newbie like me.
Only problem is most of the books are depressing. They’re mostly about money, and, even then, for the 5% of baby boomers who have socked away a million or more for the occasion.
That’s why there’s probably a book on the subject in my future, as well as more blogs. They just won’t be as regular.
So thanks for reading my stuff. I’ve learned from you as I hope you have from me.
P.S. I know you want to see pics of the house, and I’ll post some to Facebook later. Out of respect for neighbors on our quiet, country cul-de-sac, I’ve held off until now.