Old Man Syndrome

Fact or Fiction

Well at least I use to think I knew! I remember as a young boy (you know I have to say young because I have never been little) that when someone talked about retirement they was old, even older than my Grandparents. Time passed & I began to work and became a little wiser and then bragged about how I could retire at 40 years old, if I wanted to. I never dreamed that at 41 years old I would have to retire. The doctors told me it was no longer safe for me to work and I had to agree, but I did not have to like it. Any way the time has come and the journey for now has ended, at least until I recover from the transplant. I must lay down the mighty working tools of the trade, a flat nose shovel and a camera, and pick up something new. The only problem I have with this is when you have a job you love you will never work a day in your life, therefore I have not started to work yet. They are a lot of things I would love to do, but one I get started I have to stop because I have no energy left. I am however enjoying the time I get to spend with my wonderful family, from picking up the little one at school, spending time with my beautiful bride when she is not working, spending time with my son when he is not at college and the time I can spend with my Daddy. You know he has mastered the syndrome. I remember him telling me several years ago when he was retiring that he had worked all of his life and had always had a job, but now he didn’t. I did not really understand what he was talking about but you know after tomorrow I too will not have a job and that is scary.
My work career as a paid firefighter, police officer – Arson Investigator started
September 15, 1984 and this journey ends September 29, 2006.
I do however have hope and a smile because I know who is in control and God don’t make no mistakes. Starting Saturday September 30, 2006 I will be on a new journey, one that will no less be just as exciting as the last, God is still driving and I am just along for the ride.
Who is driving your journey, are you working or do you do something that you just can’t believe someone will pay you to do?
If you are working then you need to move over to the passenger seat and let God drive and the journey you will begin will be unbelievable.
We again want to thank God for all he has done and will do for us, and we want to thank you for all you have done and will do and all the prayers that have been lifted up for me and my family.

God Bless You and know that God loves you and so do we.

Pel, Claire, Justin and Abigail


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