by Linda Carpenter
(Beeville, Texas USA)
I have learned one thing about retirement, everyone I know or did know is gone, I am still around, and wondering what is going to happen to me next.
I spent my life in my own little world and
now -- I don't know why I am left.
My children have their own lives.
Now gosh, why did I not see this coming?
Wendy: Linda, my parents are in their mid-80's, and they have truly lost all their friends. They've outlived most family (their siblings) and now most friends (even younger ones). It really is sad.
Adult kids do have their own lives... they are still in the workforce, dealing with their own kids, and on the treadmill of life. Reminds me of Harry Chapin's song, Cat's in the Cradle... where the son needs his busy fathers time, and later the senior father has a too-busy son, too busy for him. Sad.
You need something to fill your time. Life is short, Linda. Ask someone to have lunch with you. Volunteer somewhere a few hours a week. Just to get out of the home, to be busy, to feel again...