Joe Trolier, author of “Retired in Diapers” with his wife, Amy, and son, Joey.
Joe Trolier knew with three grown children, there was a good chance he would be changing diapers once again in mid-50′s as a proud grandpa.
Instead, the Maryland native who located to the Roanoke Valley about 20 years ago, is doing that routine with his fourth child. And he’s decided to tell everybody about it.
“Retired in Diapers (But Not My Own)” is Trolier’s new book, produced by Tate Publishing, that is now available to the public. He talks about his unintended adventure back to fatherhood in his 50′s with what he describes as bathroom humor, but emphasizes it is good, clean comedy, as he documents doing the daddy deed while simultaneously being on the verge of retirement.
“I never intended to be an author,” laughed Trolier. “I tell most people about the story, and they think you poor man, you’ve paid your debt to society…but it’s actually really neat. When you do the fathering thing later in life, it gives you more quality time to spend together, and being able to retire at the same time, [my son and I] have become best friends.”
As far as the book’s content, Trolier says it is far from emotional. In fact, he goes as far as to urge readers not to hold him responsible if they fall off the toilet in laughter. For several years, Trolier took to social media to tell his friends what he was experiencing with his son Joey. He went back and collected the humorous posts and compiled them together.
“The book is pretty much random thoughts, some of which are tied together,” he said. “Most of the work was already done, because I had three years of Facebook entries…in that sense it’s probably a bit different than the typical book.”
But being atypical is something Trolier has become more than accustomed to. He looks forward to his fourth child being the same relative age as any potential grandchildren, while his family lives in a house he helped build before retiring – all while making others laugh at his not-so-normal story.
“I love it,” he said. “It will be interesting for my first three children to have a brother who’s only a little older than their kids…it’s so fun to re-live this again.”
A portion of the proceeds from the book will go to “Water for Life”, a well-drilling ministry in third world countries.
Joe’s three older children, Jennifer, Zack, and Natalie, all attended Glenvar High School. He, his wife Amy, and little Joey currently reside in Salem.