The Real Housewives of Oklahoma have their Mclinky Monday Meme going on. This week’s “theme of the meme” is:
“Look into the future. You’ve spent your life taking care of everyone else, but now the kids are gone and it’s just you and your spouse. What do you do now?”
Retirement is not an option any time soon. We have a 12 year old with autism, SuperPizzaBoy, and how independent he will be is a very open question and weighs heavily on our minds. So I can see me working for another ten years. However, I’m in the energy business and its just best to not count on longevity. It is a commodity based business and its fortunes wax and wane with a million different factors. (Just like any other industry!)
But anyway, lets just say we get our son educated and lets say I can retire. I can’t see moving anywhere out of Tulsa. Tulsa has its problems but I just cannot see turning our back on our life here and moving somewhere else. Also, my wife Sweetie is very plugged into the community here via her volunteer work and is younger than me and she may not want to move and start all over somewhere else.
I am going to stay up a little later every night and sleep in a little later. No more getting up at 5:15 every morning. Does anybody really think I like that?
I plan on having lunch with Sweetie a lot at a lot of different places.
I am going to travel more. I am going to visit my family more and go see stuff that I always wanted to go see and do things that I always wanted to do. I want to go see Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater for example and I want to take a float trip down the Grand Canyon. I want to see some broadway plays on Broadway.
I’m going to have a job. I plan on being a volunteer advocate for families with special needs who are trying to get the services their children need from their school districts. It kills me the way school district administrations screw over families while avoiding their legal responsibilities to provide an appropriate education to their children. I think that I have a lot of skills that can brought to bear to help families deal with that. I am a professional negotiator by trade. I think I’m pretty good at it. I am not a yeller and screamer, I’m a problem solver.