Getting started

I’m getting started on many fronts, everyday. Today, I’m getting started on my blog where I will share stories about my momwich life.

momwich life? Yes, that’s my life. My husband, Franklin, (of 26 years, the man of my dreams and partner in life – more about Mr. Wonderful later…) and I are card carrying members of the sandwich generation. I don’t want to assume that you don’t know what the sandwich generation is but for those of you who don’t know…simply put this generation is defined as 30-60 somethings who are caring for aging parents while raising kids. Check out this wikipedia link Sandwich Generation for more.  In the meantime, here’s what the sandwich looks like during happy times – sometimes defined as alone time:

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Us at a Jays game, summer 2016

I don’t think Franklin and I fall 100% within the text book definition.  It’s complicated…we’re not exactly raising kids anymore – our sons – Jacob is 24 years old and Thomas is 22 years old. I think we’re done raising them, don’t you? The thing is, they live at home so by the very nature of our living arrangements, it’s hard not to feel like we are still raising them.  Perhaps in future posts, I’ll share more about them. But for now, let’s just say that I’m  getting started trying to figure out how not to parent my adult kids!

 

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Jacob and Thomas – March 2016, NYC. All expense paid trip – you’d think they could crack a smile? But we all know smiling for millennials is sooo not cool 🙂

Two added complications:

  1. My 83 year old mother-in-law  (who has the vitality of a 45 year old) lives with us. She’s a woman with the best of intentions and unconditional love for her children and grandchildren. We’re just getting started with helping her see that we and our sons don’t need constant attention like we did throughout childhood…
  2. My 74 year old mother, who lives with one of my sisters, was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and I try to help her out as much as I can. We’re just getting started dealing with her disease…

Finding humour is everyday life is how we get through. Getting started? Yeah, we are Just. Getting. Started…

 

 

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