Plumber Retires at 48: now a Homemaker!

by Walt

After working two jobs full time for more than 20 years, I didn't know what to do when the Air Force Base where I was a plumber told us that we were being forced into retirement so they could subcontract out the work and save money.

It was a hard adjustment for me being only 48, but I have a loving family that helped me get through things.

For the first few months my wife and I debated on whether I should look for another job, but we decided that it would be best if I stayed home since we had custody of our grand daughter and my daughter, her aunt, had just moved back home and was helping with the bills.

I never in my wildest dreams would have believed that I would have become a home maker, but I have truly enjoyed the ability of getting to spend the time with my grand daughter and taking care of the house.

During the school year, I get my grand daughter ready, drop her off at school, run whatever errands need to be run, as well as take care of the house and the animals. I always end up with enough time to spare so that I can play some video games, watch some movies, and get in a little nap if I need one.

Once schools out, that's when all the family starts coming home, so I spend the majority of my evenings with them.

I do go out and play cards with my friends from work every Saturday night and make sure that I make that time to go visit old friends whenever I have the chance.

During the summer months is when I have truly learned to enjoy myself. We make at least 2 family trips before summers over, but I am blessed to be with the kids all day either getting in the pool, going to amusement parks, or simply laying around and being lazy.

I've truly learned to enjoy my new freedom.

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