A little cross-pollination going on here between my blogs today. Thanks for reading and following me in my journey!

Retirement 365

Did you ever read the poetry book, Reflections on the Gift of a Watermelon Pickle?

It’s a collection of modern verse designed for middle school kids and is often used in classrooms. Its title is derived from an ode to summer, which you can see in its entirety here. Watermelon is used as a symbol of the summer that so quickly passes by us every year.

Its first two lines are speaking to me at the end of my first month of retirement.

During that summer
When unicorns were still possible

It has been a month of unicorn moments — seeing people and places that are new to me, being able to accomplish changes in areas that have been eating at my soul, creating the new normal. The watermelon is still firm and juicy; it’s amazingly sweet and can be devoured in one sitting. After all, I’ve still…

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4 responses

  1. Is the merging of your lives symbolic?:)

    1. It’s part of my process. 🙂

  2. I just put it on hold at the library! So excited to read this with my daughter.


    1. I got my email from the Library this morning — five books waiting for me, plus I haven’t even started Mount TBR. I need to devote two hours a day to reading…

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