Their Retirement Job
Charlene and Jakob sit outside their barn in Paducah studying spelling words for an upcoming spelling bee that Jakob will be in. The plan changed from a night of rollerblading to a night of homework and studying because Jakob had not finished enough of his homework and according to Charlene, "work comes first".

Charlene steers a horse carriage down the streets of Paducah, "I'm definitely a tourist attraction" she says. Along with taking care of their grandson, they own a horse carriage business where they give tours and participate in parades and fairs.
At his barn in downtown Paducah, John Diesel, co-owner of John’s Pass Carriage Service, preps one of the horses for the day’s tours at his barn in Paducah KY.  “If you don’t take the knots out often, it’ll get so bad you’ll just have to cut it off,” he says of the need to wash and brush the horse’s hair.
Charlene steers a horse carriage down the streets of Paducah, "I'm definitely a tourist attraction" she says. Along with taking care of their grandson, they own a horse carriage business where they give tours and participate in parades and fairs.
John and Jakob sit and wait for Charlene who is running late for the weekly rollerblading night. They fill the time with corny jokes and by antagonizing each other.
Jakob plays a fierce game of tug of war with the family dog, Ms. Tilly, while his grandparents Charlene and John sit by. "If you'd believe it, this is a normal night" Charlene explains as Jakob does laps around the couches
John Diesel and Jakob Vartanian laugh as John tries to avoid the kisses given by his grandson on their farm in Illinois on Oct. 20, 2016.
"Come sit on my lap" Charlene calls, trying to get the usual affection from Jakob Vartanian. Charlene is only able to get her grandson's attention for a few minutes at a time, as he runs around with the dog.
Charlene holds onto the hand of her grandson while Jakob sits atop his grandma's lap during night family time in between his running around.
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"Horses and our grandson are the two most important things," says Charlene Diesel, 58, who with her husband, John, 60, is combining a horse carri Read More
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