By Jan from Woodgate
I never wanted to be one of those needy parents who planned on their kids eventually having to take over and/or take care of me. Although I have shared many a laugh with friends over the years regarding that subject…I didn’t mean it.
Enter Hospice, and let them enter at the beginning. What an organization this is! Holy cows and pigs, they’ve got their stuff together. The entire staff is as organized and professional as can be; it’s what they do and they do it well.
Of course, so far I’m just an easy peasy once a week visit…so please save up the real sympathy for when the icky stuff comes cuz right now I’m pretty much enjoying peaceful quiet days chock full of naps, reading, and cozy family time. So far, so good. Really.
Now, enter children—stage left. Jamie and Alex have been spending most weekends up here with us and what a Godsend they’ve been. In addition to their wit and brains combination they’ve got YOUTH and STRENGTH and OUR CHILDREN ARE DOING OUR CHORES!! Who knew??
So am I a liar now when I revisit the first sentence of this article? Why yes, I think I am!
There I was, grinning like the Cheshire Cat, casually lifting my feet as Jamie came sweeping by with the vac which was followed shortly after by the musical sounds of wood being hauled in and stacked downstairs. OMG, this is fantastic!
I stole a glance at PR…WE NAILED THIS HONEY!! They’re not getting stuck with the real disgusting mess of sickness and old age, just the stuff that really matters right now. And they’re happy to do it.
And, surprise…they are doing “the book.” Yup, on my bucket list, a compilation of all of these ridiculous articles and columns that you folks have so patiently and loyally read, will be in book form and published sometime in the future.
It’s going to be called, “Just My Luck,” and we will keep you posted on its progress. Of course, many thanks to Jay and Marianne who are right there for the kids if they need them…love you guys to the moon and back.
Honestly, to all you parents out there, know that training counts! Get your kids the heck out of your homes and out on their own and maybe you too will be rewarded as we are with delightful human beings who we are proud to brag about because they’re independent, smart, and kind.
And clearly, they love us as much as we do them. So lucky, oh so lucky us!
Editor’s Note: Cards and well-wishes can be sent to: Jan Knudsen, P.O. Box 147, Woodgate, NY 13494.