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?

Do share.

Little Hearts, Big Love


  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! 🙂

    • That’s true. Whether she changes her mind about “retiring” is a different matter 😉

    • I’m hoping she’ll change her mind about retiring 😉 She’s worked so hard for her gymnastics badges 🙁

  2. 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 😉

    • If only I could keep tabs of all the funny things she says, but as always, I’m ever so slow 🙁

  3. 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 😉

  4. 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!

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

    • Let’s see if she changes her mind again (which has been known to happen a dozen times 😉

  5. 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.

  6. 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 😉

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