Originally Posted by random-adam
Mom worked insane hours to put dad through grad school in physics, then stopped once he got a job.
Dad worked at NASA for 35 years -- lots of stuff related to spectrum management and tracking stations. No clue where on the GS schedule he ended up, but it was pretty substantial for government work.
He retired in January. They bought a canal boat in Amsterdam a few months ago and will spend half of every year on it meandering toward Paris. Mom volunteers at the Smithsonian. They're busier (and having more fun) in retirement than they ever were with work/raising kids.
Dad was a high school science teacher, then principal, then a superintendent of schools. He retired back in 1998 at the age of 56.
Mom was, and is, what I consider a "professional mother". This is her life, and she did a damn fine job at it. Every evening we had a sit-down dinner with food always cooked from scratch.
They are both still very much in love and live on 400+ acre lake, in a house that they had built based on Dad's drafts.