Last month I became entitled to the State Retirement Pension, which I had contributed towards throughout my working life. I also received a concessionary pass, which allows me free bus travel ~ anywhere in the country ~ after 9.30 a.m.
I’ve already ‘nipped’ into town, without having to worry about the traffic or finding somewhere to park. And the over~heard conversations of other passengers are intriguing. Great short~story material!
Now that I no longer have to work, I’ve been able to take part in some daytime activities such as ‘Singabout’ classes and a ‘coffee and cake’ afternoon. I’ve also joined a local branch of the Womens Institute ~ where the retiring president is an incredible eighty~five years old.
‘We need young people like you,’ she told me at my first meeting ~ a double boost to my morale, from a lady with more creative energy than many people half her age!
In a couple of hours I’m being picked up and taken to Christmas Lunch at a posh hotel on the seafront. So I must don my glad rags, slap on some lippy and make sure that I have enough cash to treat myself to whatever takes my fancy.
I’m looking forward to an interesting afternoon, having fun getting to know other W.I. members and nurturing new friendships within this active group of women.
I’m happy to report that you’re wrong, Mick Jagger ~ from my experience, so far anyway, getting old is not a drag at all!
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