Sunday, July 3, 2011

My Brother's Retirement

My twin brother, J, who has posted guest posts on this blog and comments frequently, called the other day and freaked me out. He said that he will retire in August.

Retire? Already? Heck, he's not even 54 years old! If he retires at such a young age, how old does he make me feel? More than four minutes older, that's for sure (LOL!)

Unfortunately, his rotation of duty in France is coming to a close, and his employer offered him a very undesirable posting for the next three years. He tried to negotiate something different, but they weren't budging, so he decided to file for retirement after 32 years of faithful service.

He will come home (that is, where I live and where we grew up) for a visit and some meetings in August, and stay with us. By then, perhaps he will have decided what he will do, and where he and his wife will reside. My "twin thing" tells me that he will stay in Europe, because he speaks every major European language fluently, and his wife is Italian, with lots of family there. She works, as well, but her job is easily transportable (that is, she can work anywhere). My brother is so skilled and well-connected, I anticipate he will find something to do that pays a salary, rather than take up painting on the Champs-Élysées or hawk plastic swords at the Roman Coliseum (LOL!)

Gosh, bro, you really know how to make me feel OLD! And I'm nowhere near retirement. I've got too much to do!

Life is short: celebrate vicariously!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hey, don't worry about it, bro. I'm sure I will find plenty to do, and still come see you and the family regularly. I miss you guys! See you in August.