Mom saw me typing
“Are you working?”
“No I’m writing.”
“Are you retired?”
I puzzled, looked and then I said
“This is what I’d do if I were retired.
On Thursday I went to Newport for lunch with Charlotte
On Friday I went sailing
That night I flew to Chicago to see a friend.
Next to Rochester to reconnect with family.
I cleared my calendar next week.
I’ll fly to San Francisco to connect with friends.
We are on a board together. We’ll have a board meeting.
Charlotte and the little kids will fly up to see Caroline at Stanford.
I am writing and performing on a schedule I have reasonable control over.
We do help a lot of people so I am always on call to help solve a problem or talk something through.
I read. I write.
I talk to friends.
I write poetry.
I laugh a lot.
I am an artist.
I am making an artful system.
That’s exactly what I’d do if I were retired.”
“Do I have enough money to retire?“
And that is the right question.