They worked very hard to provide for our family when my sister and I were children, to live comfortably as empty-nesters and prepare for retirement in later years. They made sacrifices and invested hard work, and owe us nothing of those resources – except the knowledge that they’re using them to enjoy life to the fullest.
My dad is gone now, but my mom is healthy and thriving. I wish her many more years of adventure – all the travel, RVs, yard tractors, new computers, home projects and dog events her heart desires. I’d like her to be just a little spendthrift at this point in her life!
We’d sure prefer she got to spend every dime she has enjoying every day to the fullest, not on colonoscopies, dental work and long-term care – we’ll help with the latter, if it comes down to it.
If I see any money at the end of the day I’ll be quite cranky.
In the same spirit, I plan to earn my own resources, support my children well while they’re in my home, and then do my best to spend the rest throughout my lifetime.