Leisure--A Cause for Marital Discord
Female, 65, married, three children
Education: college graduate
Job Status: business operator for 13 years
Retirement Income: $45,000
Health: reported good
Retirement Category: early-voluntary, retired for 15 years
I was drafted by my husband to manage a small business he had invested in. At the time I knew nothing about the product that was being sold, or its use in the construction business. I had had some prior business experience in bookkeeping and office management.
A week after he had made the investment and the papers had been signed, the manager quit. There were only two other employees at that time and they worked in the shop. When he called me, I was preparing the evening meal. He said, "You must get down here right away." There was no choice at that given moment. I expected it to be a two- or four-hour thing, or possibly a couple of days a week. It turned out to be a full-time job.
While I was working, I didn't consider retirement until my parents became ill. Then I realized that life would not continue forever. I think the shock of their deaths really gave me pause to think about my work and what my life was all about.
I resented the confinement of the job; I had no way of having an assistant so that I could have free time. I worked five days a week, maintained my house, and assisted my husband with his paperwork not