Mom and Dad – Christmas, 2009
Following is a three-sentence excerpt from my upcoming book, A LONG AND WINDING ROAD: A Caregiver’s Tale of Life, Love, and Chaos:
I’m now in a situation shared by many Boomers. I’ve become my parents’ primary caregiver and have slowly reversed roles with them. Over the past two years, I’ve become the parent and they have become The Kids.
After Mom and Dad came to live with us, I often referred to them as The Kids, especially in my writing and also in our caregiver support group. It was meant as a loving epithet, and it seemed to be accepted as such. But this morning I was reading an article on AgingCare.com titled “14 Phrases to Live By in 2014,” and this one caught my eye: (more…)
I planted onions for the first time last year, but they didn’t do all that well. I checked the Texas A&M website, and it said in the zone where I live to plant them between February 1 and March 1. Since it seems I’m always a little behind schedule, it was well into March before I got them in the ground. (more…)
It’s been a while since I’ve shared some senior humor. I thought I’d see if I could start your Friday of with a giggle.
My elderly neighbor and his wife decided at the last minute to go out to dinner.
“We’d like a table for two,” said the husband to the hostess.
“Do you have a reservation?” she said.
“No. Is that a problem?” (more…)
I once wrote a post call “Top Ten Reasons Why I Didn’t Write a Blog Today.” I thought about changing the Today in the title to This Week and doing a little bit of author recycling, but I decided against it. I have a new excuse for not posting lately.
If you didn’t catch my last post, I have signed a contract with Anaiah Press, and my memoir titled A LONG AND WINDING ROAD: A Caregiver’s Tale of Life, Love, and Chaos will be released July 1. Since signing on the dotted line, I’ve discovered that publishers ask you to work. In the last few days, I’ve filled out lots of forms: an author questionnaire, a cover wish list, and a publicity questionnaire. They also want a YouTube video and a photo, but those will have to wait until I can get a face lift, or at least a haircut. And there are edits, lots of edits. (more…)
Yesterday I signed a piece of paper, and my life changed. Oh, it didn’t really change all that much. We still ate a simple dinner at home and watched a movie on TV. When I looked in the mirror this morning, I didn’t look any different, and I sat in the same chair in the living room when I had my quiet time. And when I turned on the computer and prepared to write this blog post, I was faced with the same blank screen, staring at me and daring me to find the words. And yet it was different. (more…)