30 in 30 Challenge, Day Nineteen
Abstract Acrylic Painting, 24" x 48"
Available and inspired by my favorite TV show Fixer Upper
Enjoying life every day has always been one of my top priorities. I have always felt you get one chance to enjoy each day and if you don't it's your own fault. I am lucky to be blessed with such a wonderful family and a great job. So most days are pretty fun.
I am in my fifties (ok, in the upper part of my fifties) and there is a huge responsibility that many of us (in our "upper" fifties) are now faced with. And that is taking care of our aging parents. My parents are 85 and 86 and my mom has early alzheimer's and my dad is still suffering physically from over a year of treatment for lymphoma when he was 84. My parents are awesome but it's hard to know what is the best for them. It's really tough.
My parents moved a few weeks ago to an assisted living facility. My sister and brother and I took care of the move and I got to play the role of Joanna Gaines one night as we moved in all of their furniture and hung all of their artwork in preparation for the next day which was the big "reveal day". It's been a big adjustment for my parents but it's been great that they are only 20 minutes away from my house (instead of two hours). (And they are about four minutes from my brother's house). I love that I can visit them three times a week instead of once every two or three weeks. And I can now play bingo downstairs with my mom and trade good spy novels with my dad. It's a very different role as we are all now taking care of our parents and trying to make decisions as to what is best for them. But I am blessed that I have four awesome siblings who are so willing and happy to play a big role in this.
So what have I learned these past few weeks? First, this move was way harder than I thought it would be. Especially for my parents. Also, I can't let it bother me that there are so many old people at the assisted living facility. As ridiculous as that sounds, there really are. But I need to accept the fact that my parents are old too. And the food is better that I think it is. And yes, bingo is harder than I remember (although I haven't played in about 40 years). There are all these different games like "postage stamp corners". (Seriously, what in the heck is postage stamp corners? I thought winning bingo just mean you had to get a straight row of numbers.) And bingo is cutthroat. Those ladies are very competitive.
How are all of you dealing with this role reversal?
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