September 19th, 2011
What's that car commercial airing now, in which the young person talks about how his parents need to have more fun, but really, he's the one that needs to have fun? That's my life.
My parents just spent the week on a cruise ship. They'd call me from the shore to say how much fun they were having, with activities, buffet meals, new friends, shows, and shore excursions morning, noon, and night. Up early, to bed late. Too much fun.
I picked them up from the pier, and they did what so many other people do - complain about needing a vacation from their vacation.
My dad talks about having a "ton of work" waiting at home. What that ton is, I'm not sure, as they're retired. I suspect it's cleaning the fish bowls and organizing his computer photo album.
My mom's super big deal is to read all the old newspapers and then cut out the interesting articles to share with friends or file in her archives. Sometimes she cannot visit Olivia because she has to "cut the papers." Our acknowledged shorthand is "Clean my table."
But you know, everyone fits to fill. What you have going on in your life becomes "a lot" no matter what it is.
My friend Paul Drewes' "One to 100" theory neatly sums this philosophy up. His young niece once complained she had "so much work" to do that weekend, to memorize all the numbers from one to 100. At the time he was cramming for college finals. It's all subjective.
At the moment, I really do think I'm legitimately busy, what with a full time job and a little kid. Before and after work, I clean the house, do the chores, and care for Olivia. Somewhere in there I try to find time to exercise, though I often don't. If I am not too tired after all this, I go to jujitsu.
I'm aspiring to be a retiree!
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