Altar Call – Opelika-Auburn News
Honey, you have got to stop what you are doing
and help me get organized!
My wife is
my chief encourager. Since my retirement she has had her hands full trying to keep
me pumped up about our new way of life. She probably figures she is working
she is doing a good job. I have not been depressed a single day. I have not had
the blues for one minute. Actually I don’t have time to feel sorry for myself.
She fills my days and my nights with too many golden opportunities.
She knows a
thousand ways to make me feel important. And I fall for it every time. About
the time I start pondering how lonely retirement feels, I hear her calling
about those opportunities.
hour ago she called from the bedroom, “Honey, you have got to stop what you are
doing and help me get organized!”
that I am, I ask what her problem is. She is distressed because she can’t find
a copy of a letter she wrote just last week.
I hand her
a dozen file folders, suggesting that she needs to use them to file her letters
her hips, she says, “I have more than enough folders; right now I need that
letter so help me find it before I go crazy.”
looking, or at least pretending to look. I know I cannot find her letter. My
job is to keep her company, and offer her sympathy, until she finds it herself.
After all, she lost it, and I don’t have a clue where to look in the cluttered
boxes of stuff she dares to call her files.
complain, but mine are worse. Looking at hers, I realize that I am the last
person on earth who could help her get organized. And she knows that too.
what she is doing. She is flattering me. She knows I am not Mr. Organizer, so
this is just one more of her clever ways of keeping my mind off retirement.
She knows I
have too much pride to admit that I have no organizational skill. So here I am,
caught in her web of loving encouragement, wondering where the devil that
everywhere to no avail. Finally she shouts for joy, having found the letter in
her closet. Now that closet is another story.
It is a
walk-in closet, though I am afraid to walk in it. It is the chief danger zone
in our home. Stuff is piled high and everywhere. Shoes, dresses, coats, hats,
you name it.
know, have a lot of clothes. Years ago I was foolish enough to suggest to my
wife that she get rid of some of her clothes. She let me know right away that if
we threw anything away, it would be some of my stuff, not hers. So the pile
keeps getting bigger, and the closet fuller.
threatening to straighten it up one day, but she is afraid of what she will
find. Every day or two she tells me she hears something in the closet. A rat? A
squirrel? A bird? I have no idea, but I keep telling her that her closet if off
limits to me. There are just some places I am not willing to go.
But back to
the letter. How did it get in the closet? Simple. When the man came to put in
another telephone line, she moved some of her stuff into the closet. (I am sure
she did not want him to see her neat filing system.)
line? That’s right. We now have two phone lines – so she won’t have to wait for
me to get off the phone so she can get on it.
We did not
have this problem before I retired. But now we are both busy all the time
calling our friends so they can tell us how much fun it is to be retired.
lines cost a lot of money, so the way I figure it, I have got to find me a job
and go back to work.
But I will
admit this: helping mama get organized sure keeps your mind off your problems.
I am beginning to understand why every retired man soon says, “I am busier now
than before I retired!”
else I can say about retirement, I must say this: it sure helps to be married
to an encouraging woman.