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Letter: Retirement is for the birds

Re “The 10 best (and 5 worst) things about retiring” (Monitor Forum, Jan. 14):

I have to agree with the people who have found retirement better than expected. As a recent retiree, I also must include not having to get up early in the morning with temperatures below zero and driving to work and not having to drive in a snowstorm as perks.

One thing I didn’t realize was the enjoyment of seeing birds one doesn’t normally see when you are away at work during the best part of the day. In addition to our bird feeders (only in the winter) we have plantings of Sargent crabapples, roses and other fruit-bearing trees and shrubs. This past week we have been visited by large flocks of birds such as robins (10-15), cedar waxwings (at least 30) and goldfinches in winter plum (too many to count), in addition to the continuous flying back and forth of chickadees, nuthatches, titmice and woodpeckers.

I knew we had birds, but these visitors and in large numbers would have been missed if I was sitting in an office looking out windows at concrete buildings. Yes, retirement is for the birds – and I am better for it!

TOM KAMBERIS

Hillsboro

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