Retirement Fun, McDonalds for Retirees

My parents (in their 80’s) are very proud of me becoming a retiree at age 54, and they believe I’m in training for being a “senior”.

On Friday’s, we visit the local McDonald’s where they have a different freebie item each Friday. Here is my quick story of what happened today… this is tough rigorous work being retired!

We go shopping at Kohl’s but we can’t go to McDonald’s YET… I’m wondering why, but fine, we shop longer. Finally, its time to GO!

We order our food and eat at a booth on the right side of the fast food restaurant. Sounds like a normal trip to McDonald’s, right? Wrong!

I keep watching my parents, as they keep watch for the Freebies. They are watching other retirees watching too. Nobody, well, no self-respecting retiree, would dare MISS the Freebie offer!

One couple looks like they are dating… too dressed to be already married, looking dapper in their dating clothes, and talking, and giggling like most married couples don’t. He keeps twisting his head to watch for the freebies. Mom keeps poking me “Look at HIM looking for the free food! She is dating a freebie guy!” (of course, no mention that WE are also there for our freebies).

Suddenly, dad says “I smell cookies, freshly baked cookies… “Mom says “Oh boy!” I say “They are not going to give away free cookies! geesh!”

But they did… up goes my dad, practically running (shuffle running) to get there before they are gone. He had quite obviously practiced this run before.

Dating guy almost missed them as he was busy talking to his date.

So back dad comes with three oatmeal raisin cookies.. nice full sized cookies, and piping hot from the oven! WoW! I was impressed… this was quite the treat! So we are happy, eating our cookies and watching them disappear from the table up front… and disappear they did as seniors scooped them up!

My back is to the table… Dad sat himself so he was our Lookout Guy. From this great seat, he spotted one single leftover cookie. Several times he mentioned that one little cookie, in between our conversations. Finally, I got up for that one cookie and grabbed it for him.

Just as I hand it to him, he says “I hope it’s not chocolate chip.” (D***, It’s free… ) Well, it was, so he broke it in half and offered it mom and me… both of us refused. He set it down, but the next time I looked, it was gone!

Mind you, McDonalds has a good exercise program going on here: Seniors can stretch their necks and backs, over and over, looking for those freebies. They willfully do it, too! When the freebies are placed on the table, they JUMP out of their seats and RUN to get them! This is a good way to create exercise for our older generation… way to go, McDonald’s!

So, as we are leaving McDonald’s, there are more hot cookies… so I grabbed three to go.

As we get in the car and I hand two to mom… she starts yelling “You can’t take them OUT of McDonald’s… you can only eat them inside.” Well, I did it and I’m sorry, but it was too late to return them.

After a few minutes, Mom says… “Ya know, we are really proud of you! You are really shaping up into one fine retiree… even getting the freebies at McDonald’s!”

Finally, after a 35-year government career, my Mom is proud of me for taking Freebies at McDonald’s… kinda brings a lump to your throat, doesn’t it?

Grin! Don’t you just love retirees! I am one!