Friday Fictioneers — Purpose in Retirement

After forty years toiling for the company, Ned, having reached age 65, was forced into retirement. Ned wasn’t ready to retire, but no one would hire a senior citizen, so he wandered the streets looking for something to strike his fancy.

He happened upon a small storefront in Chinatown with a covered patio in front. He stepped inside to see a handful of people painting beautiful, colorful pictures of plants and birds.

A small Asian woman approached Ned and asked him if he’d like to take lessons. “I would,” Ned said, pleased to have found purpose in retirement.

(100 words)


Written for Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ Friday Fictioneers prompt. Photo credit: Brenda Cox.

9 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers — Purpose in Retirement

  1. msjadeli January 7, 2022 / 12:57 pm

    I love this story. A sense of purpose can mean everything. Making others happy in the process is gravy.

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  2. leigha66 January 7, 2022 / 11:18 pm

    A little something to pass the time with beautiful results.

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  3. Nope, Not Pam January 8, 2022 / 1:08 am

    What a great tale, I love it 🙂

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