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The Retirement Genre

I had a teacher of literature in college who thought retirement ought to exist as a theme in writing. Like the coming of age theme or genre I suppose. My father and mother retired to Florida, my father’s birthplace and where his family lived. I was almost college aged. Considering retirement as a genre I thought of suddenly being in the middle of the family again. Not having a work place to escape to. Suddenly being domesticated so to speak. My father had fishing though and taking care of a big yard. We were right on a lake. I did see him more than I ever had before I believe. There he was in my home. My step-brother and my real brother never visiting, nor my step-sister, except on very rare occasions. Mom had women’s clubs and shopping for groceries. Both my mother and father were involved with the Masonic Lodge. My father was a Shriner, a 32nd degree Mason and he got mom, made mom, invited mom to join the Eastern Star, a women’s lodge of sorts. I had my friends, a car, cheap as it was and school. Of course, I also had rock and roll and political dissent.


… to be continued.

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