On their last visit, Janis said Arlo has brought up the topic of moving every vacation. He did again this one, until everyone else bought in.
Gene and MaryLou also have the farm and Meg sells eggs. They have a combination of incomes. On their last visit up to see their parents, Janis told MaryLou that while the Bistro didn’t work out, they were lucky they had resources and options from it.
Your comments about Janis are gross. Men liked to flirt with her, but she repeatedly said she always makes a point to share her profits and attentions with her busboy, Arlo.
When the photographer I used to work with retired almost 20 years ago, he and his wife sold everything, bought an RV, and still spend every summer on the road, then every winter with one of their sons and grandkids.
They’re nature photographers and he writes westerns in his spare time. Very cool couple.
Most of my older family members who are couples made a change once they retired, then again when they got older, so things would be easier for the remaining spouse.
One of my aunts said it felt comforting to know they picked out the new place and made those decisions together, and he got to live there for a time also, so she wasn’t having to leave “their” home and downsize all his memories.
My oldest aunt is nearing 90, her youngest sister who is 15 years younger ended up visiting this summer to reorganize and fix her home. Told her that it’s unfair to have people work and worry for her under impossible circumstances or leave more problems for us after she leaves. She finally gave in, is much happier and feels safer in her own home now.
Arlo started this when they last visited by talking everyone into the idea of their moving. He went back to status quo once everyone else bought in and got excited about it.
Remember, Gene said Arlo is a big talker, but if Janis was interested, then it would likely happen. She’s in. The kids are in. Gus offered use of his condo while they sort things out.
Parents that live near them.
It’s not a new place to them. They’ve vacationed there most years for decades.
Plus, Arlo was the one who worked on everyone else until they all got excited about it and bought in.
He doesn’t even have to do much. The kids would handle the move. Gus is providing an initial place to stay. Janis would handle their doctor and personal side of things. And she wants to move.
They haven’t moved in 30 years. She wants to be closer to their kids. That’s reason enough to move.
If all he wants to do is sit outside, he’d have his choice of a balcony, the kid’s garden, Gus’ porch, or his own boat.
Usually the curmudgeon ends up listing out all their regrets in life at all the chances they never took.
Last time they spoke, Gus told Arlo that Gene and Mary Lou’s new idea had potential.
Who says they wouldn’t take cash as well as cards?
Apparently, he can dish it out but not take it.
Arlo loves to stir the pot, but hates when others finish the stew.
Friend of ours retired early and moved back to his home state this summer. Sold or gave away anything that didn’t fit in his SUV. Said while he liked his things, it was less expensive and less hassle than moving everything, and he liked the idea of having a fresh start.