Age 78, still working, despite disability

by Bill W.

I continue to work full time. Because I remarried later in life and had an additional two children, the youngest is now eighteen. He is ready for college.


My social security and small pension would not be enough to cover all the expenses, and I don't want him having student loan burdens forever. My wife works, too, from home - her income is small. So I continue to work full time, although I am 78, but it keeps me going.

There's a reason to get up each day, in spite of the fact I am in a wheelchair due to spinal stenosis. A mobility bus picks me up each morning, takes me to my job, and brings me home each day. I'll keep going, because this keeps me going.

When I have a three day weekend due to a holiday, it gives me a taste of what full time retirement would be like, and I don't care for it. By the third day I am anxious to get back to work. Perhaps if we had lots of money and could live forever on a tropical beach, drinking pina coladas and frolicking in the waves, I might change my mind about continuing to work. But until that big lottery hit comes, I'll do what I've done my whole life - work.

Retirement may work for some, but I think I would get in my wife's way each day - we live in a small two bedroom apartment. Our kitchen is a hallway style kitchen; room for one. When I try to go in to fix something for myself I can tell she gets annoyed.

Full time at home? No way - I love my wife too much to do that to her!

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I understand your feelings
by: Lynne Gessner

I agree with you - retirement if you have nothing planned can be a miserable time. I'm housebound, don't even get outside, and if it wasn't because I write, and write, and write, I'd lose my mind.

I have about seven pen pals right now, and I enjoy writing to them, but even that can't keep me from feeling depressed at times.

When the time comes for you to finally retire, you'd better have a hobby, or something that holds your attention for long periods of time, because you'll need it.

In the meantime, I think it is thoughtful of you to realize that you would drive your wife bananas if you hung out in the kitchen when she is in their preparing meals. When my husband retired years ago, he kept himself busy repairing everything in the house that needed repairing. If he didn't know how to, he'd find someone who did and get the guy to tell him. We spent darned little on house repairs. A new air conditioner and a new roof were the two things he couldn't do alone. But he passed away two years ago, and there are many times when I'd give anything to have him in my way! We were married 66 years, and I'll be 93 next month!

Thank God I'm a writer, because it keeps me busy.


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