It’s not that I don’t love my grandson; I wouldn’t sacrifice my plans.

I was looking forward to the day when I could retire. There is only half a year to go.

I wanted to enjoy my old age actively. I did not intend to sit at home in my old age. I thought I would realize my dream of flying to the sea abroad, so I made some savings for my work period.

The time passed very quickly. Everything was resolved with the documents concerning the pension payment, and I remained calm. Life goes by so fast. It’s been 40 years since the station employed me as its chief engineer. Everything is over now, and I am looking forward to doing many new things.

I always was there for my son. I bought him a house and paid for his education and his car. I still had my brother’s condo, which I rented out and had a passive income.

I raised my son to adulthood. Now, I can fulfill my plans and dreams with a free heart and enjoy a carefree old age.

I have so many ideas running through my head. I still have so much time left. I will be one of the first to sign up for the pool because I have never had enough time for this before, and I want to. Later, I plan to learn how to dance. I am making plans for myself.

As I was preparing to leave for the summer, my son came to visit me. I was confused as to why he had not told me beforehand. Since they would like to have some repairs done to their house before embarking abroad for their summer vacation, he asked if I would be able to take my grandson with me.

At that moment, I realized that my plans might not have come true. It did not sound like a request. He informed me of their decision regarding my daughter-in-law. I did not think that this would be how other events would unfold. I was a bit offended because I did not want to offend the child. I loved my grandson but still wanted to enjoy my time and live for myself…

In the end, I decided to still go on vacation, so I invited my son and wife to dinner and told them about my plans. Our conversation veered so far into the unknown that none of them anticipated that it would end up that way. They stared at me and did not know what to say.

“During my entire life, I have worked hard so you, your son, and the rest of your family can be taken care of, but now it is time for me to focus on myself. I have so many plans I hope to implement. I love the whole family; you have my blessing, so you must understand. I love you all very much, and I respect my desires, so you must understand that I need time to think about myself.” I told my son and my daughter-in-law.

There are already plans in place,” I continued, “Sorry. It won’t work for me to say no.”

The son, unfortunately, did not seem to have a very positive reaction to this situation. I did not feel guilty about it, however. It was my dream, and I should be able to achieve it. What is the remainder of my life? Do I have enough time?

It would be a waste of time for me to sit in the house and take care of my grandson during the rest of the day.

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It’s not that I don’t love my grandson; I wouldn’t sacrifice my plans.