Caring For An Elderly Parent: Crossroad

“This is supposed to be the time of my life – the nest is empty; but now Mom needs me.”

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So after many hours of  discussion we  are at a crossroad; what the heck are we going to do with Mom? Then one day my husband said to me that we should bring Mom out here to live near us. Well I’m thinking he’s lost his mind – has he forgotten how difficult my mother is to be around? But he’s serious. He said, “We have to do something  – we’ll just have to convince her that it’s the best thing for her.”

I’m thinking YIKES! That’s a huge step. I really love my life the way it is – my husband and I are  finally able to enjoy just the two of us. We’ve even started looking at condos to buy so we can get away whenever we want and not worry about property to deal with. Now that we are moving into the next stage of our lives – empty nesters – how were we going to make this work? Everyone we talked to about our situation said the same thing – “Don’t do it!” Really? Well we couldn’t just leave her alone in Florida to deteriorate – we had to do what’s best for Mom.

What I Learned: That some things are more important than selfishness.

 

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