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Frank the Fireman Retires at 50!

Frank The Fireman

Life as the wife and family of a firefighter has been dynamic, challenging, and adventure-filled with never a dull moment.

My husband’s 25-year career as a first responder afforded him blocks of time off atypical of the white collar’s standard two weeks a year. 

Frank was able to be home for three months after the birth of our twins and we were able to take many extended vacations thanks to time trades and the sometimes flexible nature of his work schedule.

He has also missed one too many important occasions—birthdays, holidays, our daughter’s first ever drum recital and skate-boarding competition, social gatherings, family get-togethers, reunions, important life moments that can never be rewound nor relived.

His absence has most profoundly been felt in the hearts of our little ones…”Where’s Daddy?”, “When’s Daddy coming home?”, “I feel like I don’t have a Daddy anymore”, have been heartbreaking questions and sentiments shared by our children over the years.

24 hour shifts turned into 72’s in a moment’s notice, fires and incidents that had him away from home for weeks on end…single parenting, long days and nights holding down the fort when he was gone—added to that the concern for his well-being and always a prayerful wish for his safe return home.

Many have expressed surprise over my husband retiring at 50, thinking him too young and wondering what he will “do next?”

Frank The Fireman Retires at 50!
Frank’s Retirement Announcement!

Next??? Umm…disconnect, reconnect, relax, unplug from the demands of 25 years as a public servant, spend precious time with his family, co-raise his young children with me, surf, sleep, read, drink a cold one on the beach, rediscover his relationship with his wife, himself, his world outside of being “Frank the Fireman”. 

Doesn’t sound so bad…

We are ready for this next chapter in our individual and collective lives.

My husband is ready to retire, yes, at 50. He is ready to begin again anew…we all are.

We welcome and embrace this life change.

We are being born again in many ways, standing on the edge of the cliff, ready to take the big leap…with faith, fortitude, and a deep-seated acknowledgment of our strength, resilience, and ability to weather the storms, exhale, breath in and savour the blessings and gifts of this one and only precious life.

Thank you for following our journey…of Los O’Gradys in Mexico.


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About the author: Internationally-Acclaimed Author & Relocation Coach Katie O’Grady is a 4th generation San Diegan who together with her retired Firefighter hubby and their now 14-year-old twins immigrated to Mexico in 2012. Los O’Gradys in Mexico is InterNations Top Expat Mexico Blog and Katie has been featured on various distinguished platforms including Elephant Journal, Yucatan Times, and Huffington Post. Seven years into their Mexico adventure, Katie and her family continue to embrace their reinvented, reinspired lives where tacos and fun are part of their daily round! If you are interested in learning about raising bilingual, bicultural, cross-border children and creating a life of design south of the border, feel free to contact Katie at [email protected] and on the following platforms: Facebook Instagram Pinterest

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