Hehe Ė my dad took early retirement at 58; he was offered a great package, but no guarantee of anything if he stayed, and then was let go. So he took it. My mom was still working, PT, making her own hours, etc. So they managed to keep out of each otherís hair. My dad also took over the cooking and grocery shopping which thrilled my mom to no end as she detested it and he loved it. I was still living at home, so I benefitted as well! Dad also worked PT doing taxes; a couple years for one of the large, national companies, hated it (company policies etc. not the clients), then volunteered with AARP doing the same thing, which he loved. After they moved to VA they joined a lot of clubs etc in their new development, some together, some separate. They drove each other crazy at times but for the most part, each was independent enough that they werenít joined at the hip, 24/7. And since he passed away, 5+ years ago, I joke with my mom that she has a better social life than I do as she is involved in groups where she lives, at church, and with the former community she lived in. She is quite the social butterfly and enjoys it all.