New job has no pay, but perks are unbeatable


Palms West Monthly
Posted Jan. 3, 2017

I’ve been retired now for about 7 years and have honestly enjoyed every minute of it. I know that many people have a hard time easing into retirement, but not me. In fact, since I officially joined the ranks of South Florida retirees, I’ve received a number of calls from folks asking if I’d like to rejoin the workforce.

Even though many of these offers have been tempting, I’ve always been able to come up with the same answer: Thanks, but no thanks. And more than a few of the people making these offers were shocked that I didn’t say “yes.” Guess I’m just really enjoying retirement.

I don’t think there’s a better feeling in the world than waking up every morning and doing whatever the heck you want to do. Luckily for me, I have an ample supply of friends who don’t mind hanging out with me. These friends and I enjoy meeting for breakfast and sometimes lunch or dinner.

I’ve also become addicted to going to meetings. I’m not sure why, but I love going to meetings. I usually go to at least one a day. I find them interesting and, as a bonus, some of the meetings even serve lunch.

I’m on the board of directors at seven different organizations. Admittedly, this does take up a lot of my time, but I enjoy every second of it all.

Recently, however, all the meetings, hanging out with friends and waking up whenever I want to came to a crashing halt after I received a phone call from my daughter-in-law.

She offered me a job I couldn’t refuse – taking my youngest granddaughter to school every morning, then picking her up at the end of the school day and spending a couple of hours with her until she could get picked up.

The reason for this amazing job offer was because my daughter-in-law, after being a stay-at-home mom for the last 13 years, decided it was time for her to go back to work. So I became the official chauffeur.

No pay, up early every day and a good driving record required. I said “yes” in a heartbeat, and it turns out that it’s the best job I ever held.

Included in my new job was picking up two of my other granddaughters from a different school a couple of days a week and driving the kids to doctor and dentist appointments from time to time.

How hard could this new job be? I figured it would be a piece of cake and I couldn’t wait to start.

I soon realized my workday would start by waking up at around 6:45 in the morning every school day so I could pick up my granddaughter by 7:15 a.m. to drive her to school.

Other then waking up so early I figured the rest would be easy … that is, until we arrived at the school my first day on the job.

It seems kids don’t walk to school anymore. Traffic was bumper to bumper, moving at a snail’s pace. After finally dropping my granddaughter off I returned home and was looking forward to going back to sleep. Sadly, that didn’t happen. Once I’m up, I’m up.

When I went to pick up my granddaughter at the end of the school day, it appeared that the traffic had doubled from the morning. For a minute I thought I was back in New York City stuck in a traffic jam.

When we finally got home, it was time for us to bond for the next couple of hours. And bond we did. I now know every kids’ show that’s on TV between 2:30 and 5 p.m. I’ll even admit some of them are pretty good.

I’ve had some good jobs in my day, but truth be told, this is the best job I’ve ever had. I hope my daughter-in-law stays at her job for the next 20 years.

I also hope they don’t decide to fire me one day, because this is one job that I will never quit.

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