Next Avenue: This is what happened when we switched roles in retirement

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Recently, packages that I hadn’t ordered began arriving at our doorstep. A digital kitchen timer, a set of measuring spoons, a vegetable peeler. It’s true our ancient kitchen tools have seen better days, but I never thought of replacing them until my husband Ken joined me in the kitchen for the first time in our long marriage.

For years, he didn’t know how to turn on the oven. Now he’s ordering cooking gadgets.

What changed?

Our established roles

We had known for years that we were overspecialized. Ken handled all our finances, and I did all the cooking.

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