I can't truly recall the last time I drove a vehicle but I do know in the five plus years since Jackie retired it hasn't been often. In fact the occurrence was so rare that two years ago we made the decision to sell my thirty year old Thunderbird rather than just let it sit and wait for a rainy day when she was needed. There was never a moment when I made a conscious decision to not drive, rather it was something that just happened gradually over time and one day it just dawned on me that I couldn't remember how long it had been. Evidentially I didn't miss it since it hadn't dawned on me that I was no longer doing it!
We were both deliriously happy when Jackie retired and we were just happy to be together. We never really had a learning curve or an adjustment period while we settled in to him being home all the time. It was more like we just naturally found a new ebb and flow that suited us quite comfortably. We started doing all the errands together as well as the shopping, doctors visits, pretty much everything. And we had fun doing it. I think in the beginning we both thought we would eventually get tired of each other's company but quite the opposite has happened.
Neither Jackie nor I are now or ever have been great socializers. We both have always been happiest being at home and have shied away from the company of most people. I know speaking for myself I have always found it difficult fitting in with others and have never really had many friends, so when found someone I was so happy and comfortable being with It was like a dream come true to share life with him. O don't get me wrong, we are not by any means attached at the hip. Jackie spends a good portion of the day outside attending to his chores and jobs while I am inside doing my chores and writing to you all. But our lives touch all throughout the day and just having moments here and there is wonderful beyond belief.
I have had friends remark that they cannot believe Jackie doesn't get on my nerves or that I don't feel suffocated by his constant presence. Seems they just don't think our way of life is a natural way for a husband and wife to co-exist. What can I say? God obviously knew what He was doing when He put us together because our life works for us and we wouldn't have it any other way.
Until we meet here again, I pray God bless you and keep your loved ones safe.