The decision of where to live in retirement is tough enough by itself. But when you’ve got two spouses who disagree on priorities, the stress levels can shoot through the roof.
This was exemplified by a conversation I recently overheard (couldn’t help but overhear, really) in which a man was describing how his wife not only wants to downsize for retirement, but dreams of buying a home that doesn’t need any more fix-ups — a newly built home, perhaps.
What’s more, she has apparently been protesting whenever her husband fixes up their current home, on grounds that they’ll soon be selling it and moving to that mythical “house that won’t need fixing.” The man doesn’t agree with any of her arguments, but felt like protesting would risk their marriage.
I had to bite my tongue — though it’s the wife I’d really like to give some commonsense advice to (assuming hubby is telling the straight story).