His career consisted of helping, inspiring, and teaching young people and adults. He was a coach, a teacher, a principal, a writer, an understanding disciplinarian, and an inspiration to hundreds of students, middle school through adult. Now, retired, he is still invited back to reunions with people he coached 45 years ago. He also travelled recently to Africa where he taught coaches early in his career.
When he retired, in his early 60’s, he decided that he would become a writer of YA fiction–coming of age stories. Having worked with Middle School students at the end of his career and having written articles and books on coaching Track and Field, the work suited his background. However, he was always, first and foremost, a husband and father. At the time, one of his daughters and her family was living at home while her husband finished medical school and internship. Since her mother was still working full-time as a school library media specialist, the young woman relied on her father for help and companionship. The writing plans went out the window–babysitting, fixing meals, and family relationships became this father/husband/grandfather’s chosen pastimes for the first years of his retirement.
Things change, journeys continue. His daughter and her family moved to a city several hours away where the son-in-law became a successful doctor. The retiree’s wife retired from her job, too. Now he spends lots of time playing golf and going to lunch with friends, his wife has her walking group, her book club, and her own lunching friends, but the couple has time to complete crossword puzzles, see movies, try restaurants at less expensive lunch prices, exercise together at their local community center, and travel extensively. They both still read for pleasure and information and travel with Roads Scholars so they can learn about the places they visit. And of course, they keep up with the friends and colleagues from their careers.
This retirement journey has been busy and keeps on going.