Ultimate Retirement Gift
I don’t know who made up the words retiree and retirement and quite honestly don’t even fathom the concept. As near as I can tell far too many people who “retire” or go into “retirement” are simply accelerating the dying process. You show me someone who sits around all day and I’ll show you someone whose days are numbered. While rocking chairs are often associated with retirement I prefer to think of them as “strategic planning centers” as in, “Honey, if anyone calls or something important happens you can reach me in the strategic planning center.” These are the ultimate retirement gift and truly a testament to quality and perfection and if you are one of those people who exalts in simply owning the very best and likes to surround yourself with fine things, then you deserve one. If you are looking for a gift to honor the life and work of someone else who you have great respect and regard for, the gift should be commensurate with those feelings.
I built a chair years ago for a fourth generation cattleman here in Florida. He invited me and my wife to dinner one night and when we got there he spent about an hour driving us around his many thousands of acres to meet some of his cattle. He'd worked hard his entire life and although in his late 70’s at the time, still worked hard every day. Over a very simple meal in a very modest ranch house he confided in me that while he believed in simple living and hard work that he did have two things that were “pure indulgence”. The first was his late model Range Rover which he’d reckoned was one of the finest automobiles ever made and what he’d driven us around the ranch in, and the second, he said was the rocking chair that I’d built him. He had named his chair “Pilgrim” and planned at the end of each day to simply enjoy and reflect in the chair that I’d created for him.
Even if you aren’t looking for the ultimate retirement gift, perhaps you are looking for a perfect strategic planning and reflection center. I don’t recommend retirement to anyone but if you have your heart set on it at least get yourself something that is beautiful, sublimely comfortable and something that the kids will fight over once you’re pushing up daisies!
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Parker Converse Rocking Chairs 2740 Wisteria PL Sarasota, FL 34239 Tel: 941-232-5434 Email