Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Happiness.....


Stretching his legs out in our favorite garden spot, in our favorite secret garden (well, maybe not that secret but so very quiet on a week day that we had it all to ourselves), Gregg couldn't have picked a more perfect quote for himself.

"The other day a man asked me what I thought was the best time of my life.  "Why," I answered without a thought, "now!"
~David Grayson~

Before we came to this stage of our lives people would say to us, what on earth are you going to do when you retire, aren't you going to get bored?"   Not yet!  My brother-in-law, when he retired several years ago, said that he has never been busier.  For us, gone are the days of having to stop for numerous conference calls while supposedly on holiday, and gone are the days of planning with an end date in mind.  

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This is going to be one of those positive posts and I am going to share things when I think of them, relating to people that I meet just in passing. It won't be an every day thing because you know, I don't always think of them as the day gets longer and I get a wee bit tired. 

Today we were shopping at CostCo and on our way out at the cashier desk, we were asked if we would like to make a small donation to a charitable cause, which we did.  In thanks for the donation, Gregg was then told to pick a small bunch of flowers that were resting in a bucket of water on the counter.  

The young man who was packing our groceries handed them over to me, but asked if I would like a bag with a drop of water to put them in.  I said yes please, as it was so hot and humid outside.  I didn't realize that he was going to have to go way back into the store.  Have you seen how big CostCo's is?  It's a huge place and I almost wished that he had a Segway to take him there and back!  

Off he trotted at a fast pace while I waited. He came back shortly afterwards with a big smile and with my bouquet of flowers in a plastic bag.  A little water was in the bottom, and then he gave me an elastic band which he tied around them, so that the water wouldn't spill.  I didn't like to tell him that I was so hot that even if it spilled, it would probably be a very refreshing mini-bath.  Now, he didn't have to do that and he probably didn't realize how much I appreciated it.  He was really sweet.  

I also want to give a shout-out to CostCo for doing this for their customers.  Way to go CostCo.  We have had nothing but nice people whenever we have gone there, which makes it a real pleasure to shop at the store when we are in need of some bulk buying.

So, second story.  Gregg, bless his cotton socks, will often stop on the way back from grocery shopping at our local shopping strip, as he did today.  He will pop into my favorite coffee shop, you know, from that place with the mermaid on the cup.   They know him in there now and call him by his first name, and no I don't expect him to do this each and every single day.  But I guess it's been often enough since retirement that they now know his first name, and he has started to recognize theirs and has some very enjoyable conversations in there when they aren't so busy.

When we pulled into our parking spot, a young couple with a baby were getting out of the car next to us on my side.  The young man smiled and asked me if I was getting out, and I said no, to please go ahead.  He bent down to unfasten what looked like a seven-month old baby out of her car seat in the back, all dressed up in a pretty bonnet and equally pretty pink dress.  So very cute and adorable!  Her mummy was waiting behind just beaming.  He said to me almost apologetically, it takes a little longer when you have a small baby, at which I nodded and through the open window said, yes I remember those days.  They both smiled as they went on their way.  And then I thought, cherish these moments, they grow so very fast.   
Then I looked over on the other side of our car, there was a little pug in the driving seat.  He winked at me and woofed, "That's very true dear."   I said, "Indeed!  Now where's your pretty pink bonnet?"


25 comments:

Gill - That British Woman said...

I can't wait for dh to retire, but have a few years yet to go.

TexWisGirl said...

sweet interactions. :) so glad you're enjoying your retirement time - day by day. :)

Ginny said...

What delightful stories! Good news instead of the bad we hear all the time. Yes, we love Costco! Before Costco, my glasses would cost almost five hundred dollars. Now they are seventy five dollars for frames and lenses both. I plan on going within the next week or so, I will watch for the donations. It is true that some people kind of fade away when they retire, and some are busier than ever. I think the key is in keeping busy with what you like and want to do, or volunteer or work part time. Phil still works part time as a sub, and we have many jobs at the church, which keep us on our toes.

Susan said...

A beautiful post Denise. Yes, totally agree, retirement is a wonderful time of life. We both love not having to wake to an alarm clock... had to for an appointment the other day and it was just dreadful!!
It's so nice to read about that polite young man - he really looked after you.
You can see a lot of things happening around you when waiting in the car can't you... I enjoyed yours :D)

Lois said...

I enjoyed your post today. I have been retired for almost three years and I never get bored!

Cloudia said...

my dear D, you bless the world, and it blesses you back!




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Elephant's Child said...

A heart-warming post. Thank you.

Linda said...

Love these stories, Denise. :)

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Denise, I so loved this post. Those days and years do go quickly. I;m retiring in July and can't wait. I know I will not be bored for a minute.

Red said...

We have to take time to smell the roses. You did. Not enough people take time to enjoy things. I've been busy in retirement but I have control and can say no when it's too much.

Stephanie said...

Great stories and post!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

It is all about having time to notice the everyday adventures ... and joys!

Rose said...

Oh, Denise, I did enjoy reading this.

Kay said...

This is such a good-feeling post. It really made me smile. I am certainly loving retirement. It's wonderful being able to choose how you're going to spend your day.

Margaret Adamson said...

Loved your. Stories. Retirement is wonderful. Never been busier having adventures and great fun.

Valerie said...

Gosh, I almost this post. Denise, the happiness just oozed - I loved every little tale.

Sandra said...

you had a very lovely day and met so many nice people and i am glad you shared it with us..

Sandra said...

forgot to say i love the wrapped text in the first photo and bob has been retired for 16 years and me for 9 and we have loved every single moment of it. except for the getting OLD part

Jane and Chris said...

I'm looking forward to Chris retiring,especially if our retirement is as exciting as yours is.
Jane x

schmidleysscribblins.com said...

You said you would be busy in the coming month, so imagine my surprise to find three posts here I had not yet read. Yes, we stay busy. I never run out of things to do. When the weather is lovely, I'm outdoors a lot. Broke a toe yesterday, and had it splinted today. Podiatrist and I agreed the dermatologist would biopsy the thingy on my other toe. Poor toes.

Very nice young man. People are very kind. An old guy opened David's car door for him today. And I mean old. He looks older than you, I told David. Older folks everywhere.

Marie C said...

What an absolutely delightful post! I loved all the positive vignettes, especially the story of the young couple with the baby. It almost made me cry, remembering our little baby girl who always also wore bonnets in those days. Oh, how life has changed since then! :-)

Rhodesia said...

Retirement is fun but I wonder how we ever had time to go to work!! Life has been good to me and I have loved pretty much all of it with no regrets. Diane

Debbie said...

i adore retirement!!!!

Lowcarb team member said...

Oh that's just lovely ....

All the best Jan

SeagullSuzie said...

Such a positive post Denise. I too enjoy talking to people and smiling as I go along.