Although I am drawing my retirement pension, I still work full- time. For many reasons I am disinclined to actually ‘retire’ for a few more years yet,-for example I would like to finance my daughter’s continuing education and my own hobbies, holidays and education. While my youngest daughter is doing a Masters in Brazil, I work as a library assistant to the Rare Book cataloguer in a University Library where the Special Collections are of international acclaim and my work is interesting and varied.
The reading of Greek and Latin is a prerequisite for my present job and Sanskrit and Tibetan are required for my voluntary work. I spend much of my annual leave as a librarian in an Institute of Asian and Tibetan Studies in southern Spain, where students from all over the world come to study, while it is only small library of 4,000 books it is growing and of vital importance to those studying Buddhism and translating Buddhist texts. I am learning Sanskrit and Tibetan at evening classes.
I have two other children from a previous marriage: a daughter who is married with three boys, and a son who is married with a boy and girl. All of whom bring me joy and delight and make – ‘being’- a Grandma special. I have an aging mother and mother –in –law both can be difficult at times but mostly they are independent and undemanding and supportive especially regarding ‘M.’ Although, they all live in different parts of southern England the pleasure of the visits has increased as I have recently passed my Advanced Driving Test!
I remarried 29 years ago; my long suffering husband is a dear, constant and useful companion always on hand for support and to ‘mop up’ my unfinished tasks. He is the ideal house-husband without complaint, demands or criticism as I blunder though life happily ‘doing.’
I love my home, garden, food, tea and music. I practice yoga, meditation and am interested in aromatherapy.
Life has not always been like this, in fact in the main it was pretty ghastly; I could look back and examine the journey to this rather privileged position with regret or with self-congratulation … this would benefit no one. Instead I will take this new tool of communication watch and play with it and see what happens.