The last couple of weeks have been an eye opener for me. We are empty nesters, living a much quieter life than when we were raising our kids. When it’s just the two of you, it’s easy to focus on your own stuff: work, projects, hobbies, TV, news, politics. Of course you would have to live on Mars to get away from politics, as you can’t turn on the TV or radio, drive in your town or take a walk in your neighborhood without hearing or seeing the evidence of everyone’s political opinion.
Ah, but then I took that trip back to my childhood home to take care of my 94-year-old Mother. Nothing takes your mind off yourself like taking care of someone else for a couple of weeks. My Mom is not interested in all that “stuff”. She is interested in the birds outside her window, her cat and having her family around her. Then I was back home for just two days when things changed again.
My daughter and her “baby bump”, my son-in-law and their dog showed up on my doorstep. After being in another state for about 10 years, they have transferred with their respective companies and will now be living fairly close by. We are thrilled to have them here, helping them find a place to live, watching the dog and looking forward to the joys of being grandparents.
Sometimes it’s just plain good to change your focus and get a new perspective.
Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family. ~Anthony Brandt