Sunday, December 9, 2012


Life at our house has been crazy lately. My husband is retiring in less than a month and the parties have already started. If anyone is retiring PLEASE take time to celebrate.

I know so many people who say they want to 'go quietly.' Or you'll hear someone - birthday girl or guy - say "Oh, I don't need anything..." (Yes, I'm guilty of this.) You need it. And your friends need this celebration, too.

Each life is unique with its own series of important life events. In a world with Twitter and "In Your Face" media, you and yours are the Stars of your life.  So, please, enjoy your life - do lunch, brunch, dinner, and Sunday Supper whenever you can.

Take pictures.
Email and snail mail cards for all occasions. 
Light candles, sing songs.

Celebrate Life!

Get out there and party. Because every life needs a way to mark time. Life markers to remind us how far we've come, what we have accomplished, and who we love. Places and dates where we can look out and observe the changing of the guard and the beginning and ending of things. So go to those graduations, showers, weddings, birthday parties, funerals, memorials services, Christmas open houses, New Years parties, and retirement ceremonies.  Make time to stop and visit with friends at the nearest bar, tea room, or coffee house.

Even if you live to be 100 life is short.

Celebrate every time you get a chance.



Mary said...

I hope he is celebrated nonstop! Congratulations!

Just don't let him go back to work as mine has - retired officially 6 years ago, returned as a consultant the next day, and is now a full-time employee (home-based but traveling constantly) and it drives me crazy having so much paperwork stacked up in my spare room - his office now of course! He loves his work and the people though - so what can I do but enjoy the time alone when he's away and just hope he stays healthy and happy doing it.

Happy day dear. I will find something to celebrate today - visiting a friend to see her new town home, raking more leaves, making a good soup - curried Summer Squash - baking lemon bars, still making decisions on what to pack for the UK trip - life is busy but wonderful.

Hugs - Mary

Robin Larkspur said...

Wonderful post....excellent advice. Take the time to "notice" your life.

Betty Lou said...

Love this post and such good advice. When my hubby retired from the Air Force he had the parade, reception, etc. it was so different from his civilian job----he went quietly. Enjoy your retirement--------both of you.

HolleyGarden said...

Congrats to your husband on his retirement. You are so right - and your post is a wonderful reminder of life's journeys and milestones that should be celebrated.

rubyslipperz said...

Congratulations to YOU and your husband! My husband retired at the end of this last March. There were times earlier on in our marriage that I thought we might possibly kill each other when he retired. But, it's surprised us both, that we have really enjoyed each other. He is so much nicer and more relaxed now that he doesn't have the stress of the work environment. We do have our own areas of the house to pursue things we like. It's been so nice not to have to work around his work days and hours. We can just go when and where at a moment's notice.

take care!

TexWisGirl said...

what a wonderful post! great message,

Loi Thai, Tone on Tone said...

Hi, C Joy -
A wonderful post! I'm one of those people...hahaha. And I'm always wrong after saying no party. I always have a grand time afterwards. Congrats to your husband on his retirement.

oldgreymare said...

very good advice that I need to adopt as practice. <3
Hope you day is magical.