Spousal Communication in Retirement
Female, 63, married, three children
Education: high school graduate
Job Status: school secretary for 15 years
Retirement Income: $8,000
Health: reported good
Retirement Category: early-voluntary, retired for 12 years
My work filled an emptiness that I had. I wasn't happy just staying home. I'm the kind of person who likes to be involved in office-type work and it filled my days. I enjoyed my work in school working with teenagers.
I was looking forward to retirement. My job at the time involved a conflict of personalities. I knew that when my husband retired he would be home alone all the time, so I decided at the end of the school year to get out.
We never worried about retirement because we had planned ahead of time for it.
My health had been a problem before I retired. I had high blood pressure and I noticed other symptoms which were making the job stressful. I asked to have some of my work changed, but I was told if I didn't like my work I should get out.
My biggest thrill since retiring is not having to get up early and pack lunches. It doesn't take much to please me. When we bought our mobile home up north, that was a great joy.