I have realized that I'm really thankful for the recession. It has forced my dad to slow down and consider retirement. I think otherwise he'd have still been working far too much and too hard. It was very much time for him to be able to retire and the economy right now has helped him make the decision to take steps toward that.
Now he has extra time for important things like grandpa-ing and fishing with Spencer. And building beautiful things that he wants to work on.
We love him and we love this extra time we get to spend with him now that he's at work less!