Why I retired

by Tom Leitch
(Clinton Township, MI.)

That's easy. No one wanted me anymore. In my fifty some years in the work force I had over 200 jobs. (I tended to have a difficult personality at times.)

For some years I was a practicing alcoholic and wandered from job to job. Early in my job journey at a creamery the yard boss saw me walking across the lot and asked me if I could drive a truck. "Hell yes," I lied. He had me drive a tractor-trailer to a warehouse and so I became a truck driver for 35 years with interruptions at trying to sell insurance and cars. I never had a game plan and consequently my senior years leave something to be desired financially.

But I've heard it said that a man is measured by the merits of his children. I am proud to say that my two surviving children, a son and daughter, have fared greatly in life.

My son has a wonderful life with an equally wonderful spouse and two little ones with a third planned. My daughter and her husband have one son. He just graduated from high school and got a minor scholarship to play football at a local college. His mother and father started a small business 25 years ago and became successful that they are working on their third million.

When I die I will lay my head down in shamrocks and smile.

Click here to post comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Retirement Journey.