Friday, September 7, 2012

Are You a Part of the Sandwich Generation?

Sandwich Generation

"The generation of middle-aged individuals who are pressured to support both aging parents and growing children. The sandwich generation is named so because they are effectively "sandwiched" between the obligation to care for their aging parents and children, who require financial, physical and emotional support. "

That's me.

My dad passed on 3 years ago and my mom is still with us.  She is blessed to be living at home, however she requires 24 hour care.   The hours "we" can't do - a hired care provider is there.  When we have staffing issues, this requires family to fill in those extra hours - often on short notice.  

Life here is really short.  The time we are given to share with and learn from our elderly loved ones is so precious.  

I've learned that my time is really not my own.  Choosing between what I  would "like" to do rather than what I "have" to do.  

Today is one of those days.  I will not be able to do the flea market at Grand Repeats.   

"Honour thy father and thy mother that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy god giveth thee." Exodus 20: 12.

Blessings from Wisconsin.
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