Dear Dr. R.V. Shrink:
Now that my husband and I are retired and traveling full-time, he never wears a watch anymore. Every time I ask him what time it is, he never knows. He wore a watch for 40 years. Wouldn’t you think that would establish a habit? He says he doesn’t care what time it is anymore. That sounds cute, but having a watch doesn’t necessarily put you on a schedule. Am I being silly? Do all retirees dispose of their timepiece? I thought the old tradition was to receive a gold watch when you retired.
--Timed out in Tucson
This sounds like an easy fix. Buy yourself a watch. I think it’s time for a change. If he has been the timekeeper for 40 years, you do the next 40 then switch. I don’t know where the tradition of getting a gold watch at retirement started. I know my dad received one from the telephone company. Today retirees are just happy if they get their pension. Actually, a watch is not as common as it used to be. Some kids can’t even tell time if it’s not digital. Like so many other devices - cameras, GPS, flashlights, radios, and calculators are all being replaced with Smartphones. Retirees now should get Golden Google Glasses or at least a Smartwatch.
I think one of you should carry the time. You don’t want to miss cocktail hour. Of course, it’s always 5 o’clock somewhere!
--Keep Smilin’, Dr. R.V. Shrink