Darn those blinking eyes! The family was shrinking as everyone was moving out and now it’s growing again.
The oldest is married and in her new home, while working full time at the hospital and juggling two step daughters.
The second is out in Utah for college and driving us crazy with the “should I stay or should I go?” mentality. Why? Just why?!
The youngest – thankfully! – is only in 8th grade and has a rosy view of the world. He sings and smiles and looks to the positive. But then I am sure all that will change within the next year as he settles into his freshman year and starts his high school career.
The parental units have retired and are 95% moved into their side of the house. Sure, they have to travel back to Jersey for appointments and finishing up minor details here and there. But they will be returning before the winter months are upon us…At least that’s what they say. I sure hope so because I have a 50th Anniversary party that is in the planning stages and they are required to be there – since it is for them.
No one said life would be easy. No one said life would be fair. Do you know what No One Else failed to mention? That at some point you will be pulling out your hair because between the kids and the parents, sometimes this roller coaster of life throws a loop and then lets you hang upside down. Just for a moment…or two…perhaps they forgot to turn the coaster back on…but wait – there’s someone now…oh never mind, they turned away…
That’s what life feels like at times. But we all know in the end, it’s worth it. Right?
So where does that leave me? I have added two additional titles to my name: mother-in-law and grandma. I can live with that. Being a grandma is interesting enough. Wait until my daughter has one of her own – then it’ll hit a different way. Simply because it means I really am old enough to be someone’s grandma.
Life is good all around. Thankfully, the coaster was started again and we are about to crest the next hill.