Musings from George

Aging parents and aged parents
March 1, 2012, 3:45 pm
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The Sandwich Generation is defined by two burdens borne at the same time: taking care of your aged parents while raising your own next generation. We have two kids in elementary school, and two elderly parents (one in a retirement community, one living at home). We are the salami, the mustard and the cheese in this sandwich and at times feel pulled pretty thin.

We waited until late in life to have kids, which creates this inevitable situation. Of course we have more resources, more experience, and more perspective … but as we lose our flexibility, as our eyesight worsens, as the accumulated years of wear take their toll on our knees, it is easy to think “gee, this would have been a lot easier ten years ago…”

How old or how mature does a kid need to be to appreciate the Washington Monument or Yellowstone? A friend told me about a vacation with a kid to a spectacular natural park, and the kid’s favorite (or only) memory was the waterslide in the hotel. Yes, it was a nice waterslide. But I expect that they will have to make that trip again some year. I hope to take our kids to the Grand Canyon, to Bryce, to Zion, to the Olympic National Park (Ho Rain Forest) and to Yosemite.


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