I called up my father to try and explain my health problems and my decision to retire. He kept interrupting me to tell me that he was fine. Finally I managed to speak my piece.
My father: "So, you sound great. You feel great. That's all I need to know."
Me: "No, Dad, listen. I've been sick off and on for a year now. I've been having a lot of trouble with infections. I've been having real bad problems with asthma and I'm having trouble controlling my diabetes. That's what i've been trying to tell you."
My Father: "The doctor says I've been doing as well as can be expected for my age. I guess that's all you can hope for. I'm glad you're doing good too."
Me: No, Dad, listen. Like I said, I've already started the paperwork. I'm going to retire in April."
My Father: "OK, well, that sounds great. Did you figure out how to get over here yet?"
Me: "Yeah Dad. There's a bus straight from the train station. It drops me off at your front door."
My Father: "Well, I just wanted to say. Don't come by here tomorrow. I'm busy. The rest of the week should be OK."
Me: "OK Dad, I'll see what I can do. I just wanted you to know that this is pretty serious. I can't keep working seventy hours a week. I'm going to have to take care of myself so I'm retiring. "
My Father: "Retiring? How the heck are you gonna retire? You don't have any money."
Me: "Dad, I have a pension. I have savings. My medical insurance is paid for the rest of my life. I'm not too worried about that."
My Father: "You have savings? When did you get smart? You were never smart. "
Me:" Jesus, Dad, I've worked for the bridge for 22 years. What do you think I've been doing all these years?"
My Father: "Don't let them talk you into buying one of those big stretch limousines and working out at the airport!"
My Father: "That's how they get you. They make it sound like you'll make a lot of money but it's not true. They end up taking all of your money."
Me: "Hey, Dad, I've been in this business since I was a teenager. I know all about all of those owner/operator scams."
My Father: "OK, well, I'll let you go. Everything here is OK. You sound great. I'll talk to you."
Me, Yeah, OK. Bye Dad"
You might think that the communications problems have something to do with his age and hearing problems. This was a better than average conversation with my father. He's been like this my whole life.
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