Retirement from a Child's Perspective
After a Spring Break, a teacher asked her young pupils how they spent
their holidays. One small child wrote the following:
We always used to spend holidays with Grandpa and Grandma. They used
to live here in a big brick home, but Grandpa got retarded and they
moved to Florida. Now they live in a place with a lot of other
retarded people. They all live in little tin boxes. They ride on big
3-wheeled tricycles and they all have name tags because they don't
know who they are. They go to a big building called a wrecked hall,
but they must have got it fixed, because it's alright now. They play
games and do exercises there, but they don't do them very good. There
is a swimming pool there, but they stand in it with their hats on. I
guess they don't know how to swim.
As you go into their park, there is a doll house with a little man in
it. He watches all day so they can't get out without him seeing them.
When they can sneak out, they go to the beach and pick up shells.
My Grandma used to bake cookies and stuff, but I guess she forgot how.
Nobody cooks, they just eat out. They eat the same thing every night:
early birds. Some of the people don't know how to cook at all, so my
Grandma and Grandpa bring food into the wrecked hall and they call it
My Grandma says Grandpa worked all his life and earned his retardment.
I wish they would move back up here, but I guess the little man in the
doll house won't let them out!