We’re Retired!

In June, 2013, my husband retired after 39 years of teaching, the last eight as chair of his department.  I had always thought he would die at his desk, but he proved me wrong.Our old house

We quickly began the process of preparing our house for sale.  Soffits were painted, knick knacks were packed away, realtors were interviewed, curb appeal considered and serious cleaning took place.

Our plan was to sell our house and move to North Carolina to live with my sister – not just for a while, but permanently.  Various friends and relatives have told us this will never work, we are seriously delusional or it will never happen, but we beg to differ.

This idea was hatched some years ago, after our father died.  My mother was left with a house and yard she could not maintain by herself.  One thing she really didn’t like was being alone in the house at night.  On one of our annual vacation trips, we suggested she look into having either of two sisters-in-law coming to live with her.  They both also lived alone and were within about 5 miles of her house.  She said no – she could never do that.  It wasn’t as easy as we thought.  Besides, could I live with my sister?  Yeah, I thought I could.

I had never thought about it until then, but it sparked an idea.  We jokingly said we could do it.  But could we? The big obstacle would be my husband – did he really want to live in a house with two women creating honey-do lists for him?  I didn’t think too much about it at the time.  We were all still working and retirement planning hadn’t even started.

Over various visits to my mother’s we continued to talk about this.  My mother eventually moved into a retirement village and we committed to moving in with my sister. The first test came when we had to stay with my sister on our annual visit – mother’s house had been sold.   No problem.

To put the idea more to the test, my sister and I spent two weeks in Paris in a 300 sq. ft. apartment.  It was great.  Of course, we were in Paris so it would have to be pretty bad to negatively influence us.    No problem.

Retirement came and we’re now in North Carolina looking for a house or land.  My sister and I are sharing the cooking, my husband is working on the house to get it ready to sell.  I still think this will work.  I’ll keep you posted.

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