A positive spin on the financial crisis

I was driving to Portland this morning, and listening to NPR. There was an interview with a 50-year-old woman who was describing how her retirement fund was down 30%, and she wouldn’t be able to retire when she thought she was going to be able to.

That made me thing, might the lack of retirement funds drive retirees to living with their families? Might this crisis make separate parts of families merge? Instead of living in a summer home in Arizona, will retirees volunteer part time at their public library, and hang out with the grand kids after school?

I know not everyone has a good relationship with their parents, but I would love it if my parents lived with me. They’re smart, funny, and good company. They have solid genes, and should stay in good health for a long time. We can watch old movies and talk about current events, and we’ll all be happy.

I just like how they look like they're talking to each other.

  1. You could come and work part time at the East Boston branch of BPL, and Dad could work at the senior center that’s four blocks away! We’ll get pizza delivered at least once a week, and always have Dove chocolates on hand.

    See? I have it all figured out.

  2. Will you take in elderly aunts too? If I work at it I can bone up on current events, and think of something clever to say about what is going on in the world.

  3. I would definitely consider other family. Aunt Lois, I think there are a lot of stories I haven’t heard.

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