SoCS: Do/Dues

Do I want to retire? Hell, yes! I’ve paid my dues.

Well, actually I haven’t paid a lot of dues in the way of taxes but then I won’t be drawing any great dues, either. Enough to quit this job, though.

My only shifts now are ‘closing’ the bakery which means cleaning the bakery. It’s hard work. I get called in for extra shifts all the time because of our unreliable young people. I’m not saying all young people are unreliable but ours are.

There is an older lady (my age) with us now (she will be reliable) who used oversee all Sobey’s bakeries in Southwest Ontario. She retired this year then a few months later asked my boss if she could come and work with us a couple of days a week. She told me, “Retirement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. I got bored.”

Oh, please let that happen to me. Imagine having nothing to do? Then imagine “so I’ll work at Sobeys?” I can’t. I can’t imagine it.

In her defense, she was working full time her whole life and hasn’t learned to do anything else with her days. Not the case with me….. working at a job just takes up my time.

Of course, she will never have to do the closing shift. She’s paid her dues to Sobeys.

I’m glad it’s been hard lately because it’s helped me confirm that I’m not staying on ‘a couple of days a week’. I’m not driving in the winter and closing the bakery. They cannot call me because 1 of 3  called in. Sure, I can say ‘no’ but then I feel bad for who ever is stuck. Either way it puts me in a bad mood.

I can hardly do this anymore: I’m so sick of it. I’ve paid my dues….. I’m almost 65 and I have lots of better things to do.



11 thoughts on “SoCS: Do/Dues

  1. “…then I feel bad for who ever is stuck.” That is something so many people, young and old, are lacking – empathy. The prevailing attitude seems to be “someone else will do it” and, inevitably, someone else does.

    I hope you get to retire and get the rewards that are due.

    Thanks for joining the challenge today. You made a nice job of it. And, you get all the bonus points. I only wish they would be enough to say “I’m retiring today!”

  2. Mom retired after 37 years of teaching and had no idea what she’d do, so she did nothing and died a couple of years later. I’m glad you have plans for when you hang your apron up for good.

  3. It’s almost the big day and I am excited for you. I love being retired. And I particularly love being able to volunteer my time and pick and chose if and when I will “work.” Autonomy is priceless. I was offered a part time paying job at the library where I volunteer. I turned it down.

    Whether you choose to work at Sobey’s or not – the key word is “choice.” I wouldn’t want the winter commute or the closing gig either.

  4. Lots of folks I know personally have retired from the company for which I work. Means my time is almost up too as some of us started together. Some are adapting better than others. Seeing them has made me think I will work until I keel over. Why not? I can take vacation time when I need a reprieve. I love what I do which is fortunate as many do not enjoy their jobs. Anyhoo, this made me think and I like that. I wish you all the best as you enter the next phase of life.

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