Today is my husband’s last day of work. While he officially retires at the end of February, his accrued personal days and vacation days makes this his last day at the job. I know from past experience that he will most likely receive calls asking for help and information, and he has a helpful nature and will come in if they truly need him. But they have been working for some time to make this transition and eventually he will be free and clear to start a new season of life.
We’re both excited and hesitant. Because of our commitment to caring for Dad, we have no immediate plans for moving or extensive traveling. We’ll have a small meet-and-greet for his co-workers this evening after work for one last farewell and hope to have a private party for family and friends in February some time. But for a few weeks, he’ll just enjoy sleeping in and getting used to having time to do the things he’s been hoping to get to for quite some time. We’ll have to get used to a new rhythm of life and being a couple.
In the meantime, I will continue to move forward in the publication of the book and continue to try to get the studio in good shape. All this stalled when I was sick and I’m ready to move forward again.
The times, they are a changin’. Prayers for our transition are always appreciated.
Donna Kemper put aside her art career to care for a mother she hadn't seen in over a decade. For seven years she followed her mother's journey into dementia, caring for her and putting forgiveness into action.