Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Postcard from the Fishing Hole

The bobber wobbles.
I pull up the line.
The bait is still there,
a little chewed.
We learned on the weekend
another grandchild is coming
in November.
"Surprise." 
I look at the pond.
There must be fish somewhere.
How do I tell Bagman and Butler
they we need their office
for a nursery.
I consider trying different bait
or maybe fly casting.
Maybe we can convert the porch
to a sun-room.
Money.  And retirement
ain't gonna pay like working did.
I plop the stale bait back in the pond
and stare at algae and remind myself,
children are blessings.
Noisy, demanding blessings.
Retirement.  I'm told that I'm
only as old as I feel.
But what if I feel old?
The bobber sits motionless in the water.
God always has a plan.
I wish I knew what it was.

9 comments:

  1. Grandchildren are a joy, but I understand having everyone live at your house isn't the retirement you had in mind! All my best to Brian and Melody, and especially a house of their own.

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  2. Good luck with that. Children are a blessing but GRAND~parents are a blessing and a lifesaver for their GRAND~children, remember that!

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  3. When my father retired years ago, he made the mistake of "just retiring"--not retiring INTO anything. Find something challenging to look forward to besides not working--and for heaven sakes let Bagman and Butler keep their office! Peace, my friend (and congrats on new grandchild on the way!).

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  4. The good thing about retirement is that you have plenty of time to think about what you really want to do. It'll come and I promise you won't wither away while you're contemplating what to do with your life.

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  5. BBM - congrats on a pending addition? And Mark, you might want to sage the office before keeping a baby in there...

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  6. When you retire, please consider writing. I think you will have a difficult time if you try to keep yourself from writing. Congratulations on the new grandchild!!!! xoxo I am trying to repurpose some rooms in my house to make room for more beds so my grandchildren can sleep over. We're still ice fishing, north of the 49th. =D

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  7. Congrats on the new grand. HH and I both went through what you are going through. I though sure I would find another job but at 70 who would want me. Fishing is good for thinking things out.
    QMM

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