(The box above is supposed to be a video of the 16 Tons theme for Joe vs The Volcano, if it shows as a black box, click on it to get it started. It really goes well with this post! ;)
I mentioned the other day I was going on vacation-- well here we are in SUNNY Florida pretending to be retirees for the week.
We're in a community known as The Villages, so big that it is designated as an actual CITY on the map.
Mike and I have been making this annual trek together to visit his Mom and stepdad at their home in a retirement community for years now. When I first came along with him 11 years ago I was immediately enthralled with the whole concept of a retirement community.
Good grief, they have the life down here....play golf all day, spend some time sunning at the pool, maybe even join a water aerobics class, go out to happy hour at the village square where they have live music, dancing, vendor booths with all sorts of stuff for sale, and most amazingly; 2 for 1 cocktails!
Are you kidding me?
No need to even start the car up- if you have a golf cart you can get anywhere you want in the community.
I thought I'd died and gone to heaven.
This is living!
People rarely eat at home, lunch and dinner is always eaten out. We soon discovered that if you wait until 7:30 or 8 pm to go to dinner we never had to wait for a table. Apparently any self respecting retiree eats dinner between 4 and 5 so there are long waits for the early seatings.
We play golf
Every year Mike and I start looking at houses around here, dreaming of living this wonderful life year round.
"Someday soon" we say to each other," this is the life we are working towards".
Most of the residents still have homes back in their hometown, spending summers there near the grandchildren and winters in Florida.
Talk about having the best of both worlds!
At the end of the week we will go back home, back to our real life; back to working long hours every day, shoveling snow, shivering in the frigid temps, looking forward to the weekend so some projects can be done, waiting for spring to come; and dreaming about the day we can live the life of a retiree.
The good life.
Soon will come the spring, and all thoughts of retiring to Florida will start to fade away as we eagerly watch the snow melt. Delicate snowdrop flowers will peek up between the snowbanks, crocus's will start to emerge, primroses, then daffodils and tulips... warm weather will finally arrive and life will be beautiful and exciting once again.
Every day will be nicer than the last.
The days will get longer, and we can have it all every day right here at home, going to work; yes..... but we'll get our playtime too.
Who needs retirement?
Life is good, enjoy the moment.