This week they have chosen RETIREMENT as the prompt.
I have just retired for the last time and it was an easy decision to make, although, in some ways, it was the hardest decision to take.
I would have difficulty in telling you how many times I have retired. It depends how you define retirement.
In simple terms I have retired three times.
Firstly, I retired at age 45, having served 28 years 151 days in the British Army. I know that because I have a little red book to tell me so!
I would have preferred to carry on serving but, quite naturally, in a time of cutting the numbers of serving personnel, preference had to be given to younger, more active, men and women.
I retired from paid employment at the age of 64, a year earlier than normal at that time. I was more than ready to retire because my role was stressful and overworked, although I enjoyed it tremendously.
With my newly found leisure I volunteered to become a trustee of a local charity that had been providing housing for ladies and gentlemen of modest means since 1708. I have been honoured to serve, alongside my fellow trustees, for the last nine years, the last five and a half years as an active Chairman of the Board of trustees.
My latest, and final, retirement was necessary due to ill health. I had probably (definitely according to my wife) not resigned early enough but I felt that I would be letting down my fellow trustees and the near 100 residents that we served.
Today, I received a magnificent bouquet of flowers from the charity. I will cherish these blooms but, more than those, I will cherish all the lovely tributes I have received from my fellow trustees.
This needs no introduction whatsoever, other than to say what a wonderful tribute it is.
Seventy Five Years In The Passing..A D-Day Tribute. Seventy five years in the passing, The 6th of June; brave troops amassing. Nobody knew how countless would pay, For saving our souls that proud D-Day. From hillsides, valleys, towns & moors, They set off, leaving British shores. A rendezvous of military purpose, They called it Piccadilly…
46 to choose from. Therein lay the clue to the lost treasure! It was all there in the Last Will and Testament of old Aunt Agatha. She’d written that, in these books, I would find a wealth beyond measure. Only after finishing “The Great Hunt” did I get it. Reading was the treasure!
For Paddy, and all those unsung heroes who are the salt of the earth, thanks to Colleen for introducing some of them to us.
We approached an Irish monument. I’m always excited to see the world as it used to be, or relics of it and use my imagination to create how I think it was. It was late in the day and only stragglers wandered about. As I stepped through the gates I could see an elderly man […]