There is a saying about motherhood; The days are long and the years are short. In our current situation, quarantining in a house with twin four year olds, a dog that sheds and barks like it’s her job and a spouse who also works full time – the days are especially long. Almost five years ago, after years of trying and a very good doctor, I gave birth to twin girls, Adelaide and Isabella. My husband and I do not have a lot of family that lives in the state, so from the time we came home with our bundles of joy we were on our own island of overtired parents, a very confused dog, and two babies.
Senior Moments from H.O.M.E.
“Like cattle. They were just hauling them out,” said a certified nursing assistant about to lose her job of 29 years at a rural South Dakota nursing home in Mobridge, closing because it ran out of money.
Who would you like to be your neighbor?
I’m with Justice Morris Pashman of New Jersey, who wrote back in 1975, “A homogeneous community, one exhibiting almost total similarities of taste, habit, custom and behavior is culturally dead, aside from being downright boring.” This is H.O.M.E.’s philosophy too, particularly when it comes to age.
It feels like the summer has just started, but unfortunately the time for me to say goodbye has come. These past seven weeks have gone by so much faster than I expected.
I am so thankful and blessed to have worked alongside coworkers who were willing to let me take part in their role in the company and with residents who were willing to open their home to me.
This year I began the transition from my mid-twenties to my late-twenties and joked to my coworkers that I am getting old. This of course triggered some eye rolls, as it probably should because of course I’m not getting old--I’m getting older. But it was then I realized that while my friends and I joke about getting old I don’t think we have ever really sincerely talked about aging. So I went on a search for answers in the most Millennial way possible: I posted about it on Facebook. I asked my friends “What do you think about when you think about aging?”