I was retired for nine years before I finally realized I was retired. Last January was filled with Marilyn’s hospitalization–from which she has fully recovered–then a trip to visit Sean in California and then three solid weeks in Arizona with Marilyn. For the first time, I was disconnected by any responsibilities with the many–really too many–volunteer roles and projects. When I returned to Rochester at the beginning of March, I realized for the first time that I didn’t have to do anything. I had the opportunity to re-engage with activities that made sense to me and in a way that respected my schedule. I continued the regular daily workouts that we had begun in Arizona. I began to use my FitBit to track my sleep and now realize that to actually sleep eight hours there need to be nine hours between my going to bed and getting up. Between the exercising, the extra time sleeping, daily prayer, eating a good breakfast and getting showered and ready for the day, I use up most of the morning. With only half a day to invest in activities, I realize that I need to be careful about over commitment. My previous nine years of “retirement” have been filled with too much doing and not enough being. I am now focusing on doing more of the latter, if that is not a contradiction.
June and July have been busy months with both visitors and trips out of town. After we complete the Tour de Cure, our cousins, Andy and Lois Sciolaro, came for a four day visit. As usual we found lots of interesting things to do and enjoyed our time with them as is also usual.
Summer is also time for baseball, dance and choral recitals, and even First Communions. Click here to view the trip blog that summarized all those activities.
After celebrating our fifteenth anniversary on July 9, we made a two week trip to Kansas City including three days in Wichita with those same cousins. We were there to celebrate my sister Anola’s birthday and the publication of his latest novel. You read about that in the sidebar on the right. You can read three trip blogs about the trip: