Entering the next stage of his life after retirement, thoughts of a grandfather translated…
After the New Year’s holidays, I’d sudden realized, that it was the one year anniversary since my retirement, some say, that without anything to do, retirement would be so boring, the time would pass by too slowly, but in this past year, I’d felt, that as I’d spaced out, relaxed, that time passed faster than when I was working, and what fulfilled me during this time was playing with my young grandchild.
Based off of the healthy living beliefs, the elderly should NOT have so much sweets, and that the character should be used as an adjective instead, that it’s a sweeter kind of burden. In recent years, there was this huge shift in the working environment, the company was having a difficult time operating, and what had stiffened up my heart to retire was my former colleague, Phoebe’s words, “You’d already missed out on your children’s childhoods, don’t miss your grandchild’s too!”
illustration fom the papers online…
For thirty plus years, as I’d worked out all day long, I’d relied on my wife to look after our two children, later I got transferred to the main office in Taipei, I’d lacked the time to spend with the families; Phoebe half jokingly accusing me, was such a wakeup call.
As my grandson turned one, he was taken care of by just his grandmother, and it surely would be, tiresome, as grandma was about to crack, looking after him, I’d retired back home, and without anything taking up my mind, I’d, focused on looking after my young grandchild.
My son and daughter-in-law worked during the daytime, and they’d handed their young to us; when my son works nights, my daughter-in-law would take my grandson back to her parents for a short stay. It’s just the two in-laws who are staying at home too, and the young grandson became something that made both our families happy.
like this??? Image found online…
As mothers took care of the children in the earlier years, they’d followed the rules on the books, and now, they’d followed the rules online, my wife in order to look after this precious grandchild of ours, she’d researched a ton of information from online, and accepted the invitations to the related groups in FB, to share her thoughts constantly with the professionals as well as other mothers too, and she’d prepared the foods, over a dozen varieties, then, blended up into mush, to feed it to our grandchild.
When it got cold or rained, I’d driven to where my son lives to pick him up, and the security at his building asked curiously, that are nannies supposed to do the picking up and dropping off too?
From learning to walk, to talk, to now, a little over two years old, and started chattering endlessly, inquiring, “What’s this?” “What time is it?” “What’s grandma cooking?” Or with that illustrated book, for grandma and grandpa to read to him, or to find if there are stickers that he could, play with.
My daughter-in-law already taught the young lad the numbers and simple words, and, although he’d spoken with that baby tone, he could already, recite the English alphabets in a song, and, as he’d encountered the characters he could read on the streets or in books, he’d excitedly recited them aloud, or roll called the cars that are parked by the streets.
When the weather’s nice, I’d taken him out for strolls, he’d said he’d wanted to walk the dog, and I’d had to walk the dog with one hand, my grandson with the others.
This year, my daughter-in-law was done with her maternity leave, and started working again, my grandson seemed to have grown up overnight, as I’d carried him upstairs for his naps, he’d stopped, sucking on the pacifier, which made me feel most achieved; seeing grandma making the stewed eggs, he’d volunteered to take the shells off; as we’d gone into the gardens, he’d followed my lead in watering the plants too.
“Grandpa, I’m here now!” became what I wanted to hear the most every day, I shall, NEVER miss a day of my young grandson’s happy childhood years.
So, with the coming of retirement, you’d gotten a ton of spare time on your hand, but you’d not, taken your time off, you’re now, in charge of taking care of your young grandson, and you’d gotten the opportunity, to make up for the time lost in the past as your own young when they were growing up, because you were working…