Help! My Husband Just Retired
After waiting almost forty years for her husband to stop his frantic-paced, globe-trotting career, a wife encounters the realities of retirement life that were never discussed at all the retirement seminars. Most women are clueless about what to expect when a husband walks in the door from work and says, “Honey, I’m home”…forever. We understand why financial preparation is necessary, but little is discussed about preparing a wife for the emotional and psychological reality of being “joined at the hip” with her husband every day. The author began her retirement journey unaware of all the detours, dead-ends, side trips, and wrong directions she would encounter and discovered that most of the other wives she met along the way were just as confused.
In this frank, honest, and humorous story, a seasoned retired wife takes a look back at what she thought was going to happen when her husband retired, what really happened, and what she would do differently if she had the opportunity for a do-over. Expectations, location, friendships, senior discounts, the Sandwich Generation, grandchildren, volunteering, downsizing, fitness, spiritual guidance, and adventure are a few topics every wife needs to consider before she has travelled too far down this new road. The author believes there should be Retired Wife Mentors provided by Medicare; but until that happens, Help! My Husband Just Retired should help a soon-to-be or novice retiree’s wife over the initial hurdles of what might prove to be the best destination spot of her lifetime.
- Gwen Rollings, March 2012
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