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Tangerine LaBamba Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-13-09 07:40 PM
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7. I'd say "yes" -
I know several couples in long-standing marriages who broke up - and ultimately divorced - when the husband retired and the wife had absolutely no way to deal with his being around all the time.

One was a girlfriend of mine from school - we'd grown up together and then found each other when we were both living in the same city. Her husband - twenty-four years - was a cop, and he took early retirement. He'd also always been on the night shift, so, really, they never saw each other for extended stretches of time.

Four kids, three still at home.

The first day Charlie was retired, Marcia went grocery shopping. When she got home, she found that he'd totally rearranged her kitchen cabinets, because the way she had them wasn't the most efficient.

It only took about a year for them to collapse completely.

You might want to sign up for some classes, or volunteering, or get into some exercise classes, but you've got to get yourself out of the house and break up the new routine before it gets established. Too much togetherness is NOT a good thing...............
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