Voices on the Wind Voices on Aging
Retirement Accounts by Kathy Lohrum Cotton Held in lifetime escrow: wishes for a fifteen-minute break. Half-hour nap. Unscheduled day. Leisurely weekend. Long vacation. Time to read a novel, sprawl limp in a lawn chair, have an uninterrupted night, meal, conversation, thought. Held in trust: this million wishes for time, more time, enough time, all waiting for fine-print conditions of productive life to be met in full. Finally, comes the lump-sum payment of accumulated deposits, the pot of minutes at the end of a six-decade rainbow. Within a month I open a new account, deposit in escrow a thousand wishes for new things to do with time.