Early Retirement

A few weeks ago, we received some not so good-news.  T’s gymnastics club was moving to a different place, much further away than where we live.  She’s been going to that gym since she was four-years-old (see photo above) and she loved every minute of it.  Sadly next week, will be her last day.

The past week or so, I’ve been asking around and doing online searches for other gymnastics clubs that’s within driving distance from where we live and the good news is, we’ve found a few which we plan to check out over the next few weeks.  But apparently, little T has been thinking on her own about it as a five-year-old would 😉

Last night, while chatting with her in the bath, we started talking about it.  She surprised me by announcing “I don’t want to go to gymnastics anymore mum”.  Puzzled, I asked why.  She replied …

I’m retired now.

I burst out laughing.  I asked her if she knew the meaning of the word “retired”, she shrugged her shoulders, so we talked about it more, you know in a serious tone sans the laughter and it turns out that she wants to try something different, and mentioned ballet.  You see, most of her female friends go to ballet.  She also wanted to go like her friends last year, but I we said it was too much then what with gym, swimming and cello lessons, so now she wants to try ballet.   We said it’s fine, but asked if it would be okay with her to check out the other gym clubs too, just to see what it’s like, especially when you know, she changes her mind and decides to come out from “retirement”.  After all, it has been known to happen 😉  Her grandpa did it more than twice.  He retired from teaching, then went on to work for a number of years as a Baptist Minister.  Then retired the second time around, but did supply teaching.  Then went back into preaching.  At 87, is semi-retired but still preaches every now and then.  Little T said she’ll think about it.

Kids say the darnest things, don’t they?

What’s the funniest thing your child has said lately?

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  1. Aww bless her its great to try new things though.
    I’m thinking of getting my son into football lessons as he loves ball games.

    • I’m sure he’ll love that. When T was a toddler, she went to a “rugby” class and loved it! 🙂

  2. Lyndsey O'Halloran

    That’s very cute! At least she sort of knows what she wants to do and made a decision herself about it
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    • That’s true. Whether she changes her mind about “retiring” is a different matter 😉

  3. Beth @ Twinderelmo

    Hahahah what a little character! Sad news about the gym but glad she gave you a giggle xx

  4. Jenni - Odd Socks and Lollipops

    Awww that is so sweet – I just love the way children see the world. – I hope that she enjoys the ballet or the gym again if she comes out of retirement hehe
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    • I’m hoping she’ll change her mind about retiring 😉 She’s worked so hard for her gymnastics badges 🙁

  5. Charlotte

    Haha I wish I could retire so young!! My little chap has started gymnastics and loves it so we are a few years behind you, it will be interesting to see if she picks it back up with a new gym, maybe she’s just scared to go somewhere new! Who knows, it is still sweet that she’s “retiring” with plenty of good years left :p
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    • I hope she changes her mind too. Like I mentioned in my other comment, she’s worked so hard for her gym badges. You’re right, she might just change her mind again 😉

  6. this made me really chuckle… retiring.. what a clever girl and at least she wants to try out new things ..
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    • If only I could keep tabs of all the funny things she says, but as always, I’m ever so slow 🙁

  7. Susan Mann

    Aww bless that is too cute. Glad she is coming out of retirement x #FTMOB

  8. Jordanne

    Haha kids say the cutest things! I laughed reading that. Hopefully she will get to the point she doesn’t want to be “retired” any more and get back into something she loves. Clubs like that are so great for children! I’m hoping my little one will want to join something like that.

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    • She learned a lot from going to gymnastics, not to mention earned so many badges, so I’m hoping this whole “early retirement” issue will be over by the summer break 😉

  9. Francesca - From Pennies to Pounds

    Aw that’s cute. I love seeing your updates! My daughter says too many hilarious things, she kept trying to get me to come up earlier (trying to avoid going to bed) & said ‘if you don’t come up I won’t be your best friend any more or ever be nice to you again’ – it did make me laugh, lol

    • That is so cute. T used to say “If yo don’t do so and so, I won’t invite you to my birthday party!”. Hah!

  10. Anita Burr

    Aww that is so cute. Kid’s say the funniest of things. I hope she comes out of retirement soon x

    • Hopefully her “retirement” will only last for the duration of her summer break. x

  11. Ana De- Jesus

    Lol she is definitely very young to retire haha! But good on her for being honest about ballet.
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    • Let’s see if she changes her mind again (which has been known to happen a dozen times 😉

  12. Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love)

    That’s brilliant! Love that she wants to take early retirement already. Glad to hear she is happy to check out the gym classes even if she might decide to do something else instead. Thank you for linking to #ftmob
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  13. Rainbowsaretoobeautiful

    That is so cute! Former gymnast myself it’s annoying when clubs move, I was a bit more serious when mum had to start making an hour trip and it was a pain. #ftmob

    • If T decides to go out of retirement, I’m afraid the new gym might be an hour’s drive away.

    • Hoping she’ll change her mind again by the end of the summer break.

  14. Kids are adorable when it comes to things like this and to be honest I remember doing a similar thing to my mum about piano lessons… lol

    • Same here, though I think I think I was a bit melodramatic and exclaimed that I hated ballet/piano lessons 😉

  15. Fashion and Style Police

    Awww that is so cute. Kids say the funniest things ever.

  16. Sarah @theparentingtrials

    Awww so very cute hehe I love these age so many more funny conversations lol (my little girl is similar age) x

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