Conflict of Work and
Female, 64, married, four children
Education: college graduate
Job Status: librarian, for 22 years
Retirement Income: $20,000
Health: reported good
Retirement Category: early-voluntary, retired for 4 years, returned to part-time work
I enjoyed my work thoroughly. It was a main interest in my life, but not my only interest. I always felt I could have done better if I had been willing to change libraries or change jobs. It was comfortable staying where I was in terms of my life; it's easier not to make changes than to change. If I took another job out of town, that would have required my husband's relocation, and that was out of the question.
I never looked forward to retirement. I thought about it as something in the future, but something happened in our lives that made me realize I should retire because of my husband's illness. I was very concerned about his health, how much longer he would live. I felt because he was retired it was selfish for me not to retire and spend this time with him. I was concerned about making him happy in what I thought were the last years of his life.
My work at the time was exciting. We were reorganizing the department; I was training other people to do the various jobs. I was
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Publication information: Book title: Passages of Retirement:Personal Histories of Struggle and Success. Contributors: Richard S. Prentis - Author. Publisher: Greenwood Press. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1992. Page number: 57.