Reflecting on Retirement

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Two weeks ago, Papa officially RETIRED from work!  He reached the working world’s finish line and now he can go fly a kite!  Just kidding.  But really, now he has time to fly kites, organize his workshop, lay by the pool and tackle Grammy’s never ending “to-do” list.  For Papa, retirement doesn’t mean that he’ll stop working… just that he’ll no longer be working for someone else (besides Grammy that is).

He and Grammy have a bunch of vacations planned and I’m sure he has a bucket list started too.  He’s walking around the neighborhood every morning now and enjoying lunches out with friends.  He’s finally free to do whatever he wants with his time.  And after all, isn’t that what we’re all working so hard for… more time and more money so we can enjoy our lives to the fullest?

We plan and plan for things like retirement and dream vacations.  Unfortunately, sometimes we’re so busy working towards those goals that we miss out on the good stuff that comes with everyday and every season.  How do we measure our lives?  By the money we made or the the moments that matter?  I guess it’s different for everyone but I imagine that retirement is a good time to sit back and re-evaluate what you want to do with every second that you have left.  It’s like a stop in the road with a million different directions to choose from.  What now, which way should we go next?  Pretty exciting to consider the amazing possibilities available when you have time!

Here are the lyrics from “Seasons of Love” in the Broadway musical RENT.  It’s a great song if you haven’t heard it before I highly recommend you google it and take 3 minutes to listen.


Five hundred twenty-five thousand
Six hundred minutes,
Five hundred twenty-five thousand
Moments so dear.
Five hundred twenty-five thousand
Six hundred minutes
How do you measure, measure a year?In daylights, in sunsets, in midnights
In cups of coffee
In inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife.

In five hundred twenty-five thousand
Six hundred minutes
How do you measure
A year in the life?

How about love?
How about love?
How about love? Measure in love

Seasons of love. Seasons of love

Five hundred twenty-five thousand
Six hundred minutes!
Five hundred twenty-five thousand
Journeys to plan.

Five hundred twenty-five thousand
Six hundred minutes
How do you measure the life
Of a woman or a man?

In truths that she learned,
Or in times that he cried.
In bridges he burned,
Or the way that she died.

It’s time now to sing out,
Tho’ the story never ends
Let’s celebrate
Remember a year in the life of friends
Remember the love!
Remember the love!
Seasons of love!

Oh you got to got to
Remember the love!
You know that love is a gift from up above
Share love, give love spread love
Measure measure your life in love.


Happy Retirement Papa!!!

♥ Me


2 Responses to Reflecting on Retirement

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  • Grandma says:

    It looks like Papa is ready for his first trip. Tell him Happy Retirement from us!!

    Love You,
    Grammy Mary

  • Henry Huang says:

    For my friend Gordy at his retirement

    Congratulations. My friend!
    You have stepped into a brand new landmark in lifetime—retired proudly!
    I admire you. My friend!

    Retirement is a new beginning for you.
    You can enjoy the happiness of freedom heartily.
    Playing the strings, perform the melody of success.
    Painting the drawings, draw the perfect pictures.
    Singing to the sea, sing the song of proud and love.
    I admire you. My friend.

    God—the one who leads us to meet.
    Your wisdom, your knowledge, your conscientious, which all make me admire you.
    Your honest, your gentle, your love with your wife, which all make me respect you.
    It is God who grants us to become good friends.
    We can finally no more talking about numberless work.
    We can finally enjoy the happiness and love between families.
    I am glad for you that you have such a happy family.
    I am glad that you have a gentle wife, gorgeous daughters, handsome sons-in-law and sweet granddaughters.
    Just enjoy them! They are the reward that you deserve for you have created so many things for human beings.
    Now I am officially inviting you.
    Bring your family to china when you think it is convenient.
    I will share the magic oriental culture with you and get more fun through it.

    Your friend
    Henry huang


    致朋友Gordy 在退休之际






    Henry Huang

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