This weekend we had another opportunity to be the meat in the sandwich generation. We are now in the process (along with the whole family) of cleaning out and going through Grandma Katherine's house. She will not be coming home. Her ankle is not healing and along with other ailments she will not be able to walk nor come home. She needs constant care. In order to make this happen the family will be selling her house.
This is a very emotional time. And a very stressful time as all the kids (and by kids I mean kids in their 50's&60's) have busy, working life's and only a couple live close... which leaves the care and visiting up to them. The rest of us have to travel several (between 3-5 hours) to be there.
I'm sure we all remember the story of the lady that had beautiful slips in her drawer.. never worn because they were so beautiful and 'special' and she didn't want to ruin them. Well when the family packed up her items.. there were the slips.. sent off to goodwill... never worn.. never enjoyed! I guess what I got out of this weekend is to ENJOY LIFE!!! Wear the slips (even around the house if that feels good). Play the games, break out the new candles and dishes for (dare I say it) ... EVERYDAY. Life is meant to be enjoyed, and there is so much of it that is not quite enjoyable... so ENJOY the things we can. Take the trips! Make the memories.
This is not so much a post for others as it is a reminder for me.
I'm hoping that if I write it down I will be reminded of the good/great things of life and enjoy them~
In another related story... as you may surmise that as you get older your hearing goes bad! In church yesterday my mother sits with several of her friends (all in their 80's) and they got to talking just a LITTLE TOO LOUD during class and I had to say.... OK GIRLS QUIET.... only.... in order for them to hear me... yep you get it... we caused quite a scene!! The tables were turned... I am the mother/caregiver/authoritative figure and I don't like it one bit. I don't like telling her what to do because, well frankly she doesn't do what I say!!!. (and I just got through this stage with my kids....) And so it begins again.