Crossroads Of Life

Changing Family Landscape

crossroads of lifeThe only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. – Alan Watts

My family is going through many changes and we are a bit unsettled in what lies ahead. Eldercare issues are forcing all of us to take a closer look. At one point or another every family faces these challenges – so we do not feel alone. It’s one of life’s journey’s.

I and my brothers and sisters are part of a whole generation of our contemporaries who are at the same time are dealing with retirement issues and with elderly parents.

old man dancingThis morning, from a distance, I talked to my 91 year old dad. I am so proud of him! He’s finally gotten his very own cell phone and is learning how to use it. After 70 years of marriage he’s learned how to load and turn on the dishwasher and do laundry. Hurray for you Dad! That’s the way to join the dance.

And my mom, well, she’s busy mending.  Illness is something she’s been free from in her 88 years of living.  But, she’s a trooper! She’ll soon be on her feet once again. I feel confident in saying she’s on the upswing due to her resilience and  her positive, high-spirited attitudes.

And speaking of marriage, yesterday my husband and I celebrated the marriage of our son and his new wife, Meghan. We have much to look forward to in this large family of ours. Since April, four new family members have been added through three marriages and the birth of my niece and her husband’s new baby.

“We have, each of us a life story, whose continuity, whose sense is our lives.” ~ Oliver Sacks

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