’tis our fast intent
To shake all cares and business from our age,
Conferring them on younger strengths while we
Unburden’d crawl toward death.
(Shakespeare, King Lear, Act I. scene 1. lines 38-41)
Have any greater lines ever been written about retirement? OK, it didn’t work out very well for King Lear. I’m hoping that it will work out better for me. Like Lear, I have two daughters that I hope to spend more time with. I’m hoping they won’t turn me out into the storm, though I’ll be moving to a land of thunderstorms. Unlike Lear, I have a wife who is good company and a whole passel of grandchildren.