Well, we made it. Another New Year underway and things are looking great already! As you may know, my Mom is making a big move this month. After living in Arizona for the past 26 years, she is moving near me. At the ripe young age of 92 this is a huge deal. It’s been 4 years since my Dad past and she has done a great job of dealing with her “new” life. I wish we had done this a while back to tell the truth. Mom is a part of what has been called “The Greatest Generation”. She has moved around a lot when she and Dad got married. But that was due to his military training and duties. After the WWII they thought they were finally settling down,, until Korea called and back into the military they went. Moving more than a couple time until Dad was released from duty. They lived in the same house long enough to burn the mortgage! The house I came home to and lived in until I was 18. The last time I was back there I drove past the old homestead…..it was much smaller than I recalled. And now she’s on the move again.
Things are off to a good start. Monday the documents were signed on her new place in an assisted living center. Her new place is about 5 minutes from my house and about 5 blocks from my wife’s office. I just got her all signed up for cable and internet and phone service. My Mom loves her computer. She Skype’s with one of her granddaughters and great-grand kids a couple times a week. I hope I’m as sharp as she is at 92! Everything else is taken care of and that’s a blessing.
This is also gonna be a new family dynamic. My family is a great representative of the nuclear family. Once we kids came of age we flew the coop. Our family spread across this great nation like spilled milk across the floor. And after retiring my folks got into the moving around act again too. None of us kids have spent much time day to day living near our parents. The only exception was our oldest brother who lived in town with my folks for about 10 years. So for the first time since I left to live in Colorado, then onto California, 35 years ago, I will share an area code with my Mom. The weird way the post office has laid out the Zip Codes keep us from sharing that too….but only by a couple blocks!
So wish Mom Luck and wish me luck too!