One of the very best things about retirement is that I don't have to go to work on Monday mornings. I have a very long list of things I am thankful for, and staying home on Monday mornings is right at the top of that list.
It isn't that I disliked my last job. I have had several jobs over the years and the one I was working when I retired was probably the most fun. I worked for a friend who has a dog grooming shop right next door to the building where I live. The morning commute was wonderful. I once counted 57 steps from my apartment door, down the steps and out on the sidewalk to the front door of the shop. My job was to give the dogs a bath, dry them and brush them out afterwards. I have always been a dog person, so the job was right up my alley.
It isn't that I can sleep late. Sleeping late doesn't work well for me. I am usually awake before the sun comes up. That is a habit of long standing. I have east facing living room windows and one of my little pleasures in life is to sip my first cup of coffee of the day, seated in my rocking chair, watching the sunrise. The dogs have been fed and are napping, but the cat sometimes warms my lap and purrs contentedly in the early dawn.
I think it is the knowledge that Monday mornings are mine to with as I please. Sometimes on a Monday morning I will stir up enough bread to last the week and set it to rising. Other Monday mornings I will sit at my kitchen table and get my grocery list ready for a trip to the store. And some Mondays in the warmer months I will grab Jessie Jane's leash and off we will go for a walk down by the river in the cool of the morning.
I think of my kids who are headed to their jobs on Mondays. All four of them are hard workers. I am proud to say that there isn't a slacker in the bunch. I worry that when their time comes to relax and enjoy retirement, they won't be blessed with the opportunity as I have been. I hope I am wrong, for by then they will have earned a rest. I want them to be able to know the peace and contentment that their mother now enjoys. And to be able to do whatever they wish on a Monday morning.