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Fresh Side Friday — Love Notes from a Seven Year Old.

19 Apr

Before I head off to do battle on behalf of the older side of the sandwich to which I am the meat in the middle, I did want to add something for this Fresh Side Friday.

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Some might think it’s hard to parent such a young child on my own while dealing with the needs of aging family members. I think my arrival at parenthood so late in life is a blessing. And I’m grateful for having a seven-year-old rather than a teenager right now. My son is indeed a  handful of silliness and potty talk, but I’ll gladly take his poop tales over my mother’s. And I will happily take notes like this over teenage angst any day.

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Tales from the Fresh Side of the Sandwich: March Break

13 Mar

Winter breaks are probably wonderful for teachers and teenagers, but before the invention of March Break camps, I don’t think many mothers were singing the praises of this mid-winter week off school.

In my case, I like veering from routine and getting some extra, not-so-rushed  time with my son. But I might need a break by the time my little guy goes back to school on Monday.  At the very least I’m going to need a contractor and possibly an exterminator.

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View from the Other Side

26 Feb

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This is the other side of the divide; the joy that comes from a life just beginning. For me, late motherhood is about so much more than juggling requests for depends, and doctors’ appointments. It’s also about early morning practices and driving to ice rinks at the opposite end of the city.
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Visiting Bubbie

11 Feb

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It doesn’t take much to get my son to visit his grandmother at the retirement home where she has been living since 2010. The place is akin to a fine five star hotel and boasts an indoor pool, hot tub, and freshed baked cookies every afternoon.

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When she moved in, her monthly rent was $3600. Now up at $4500, most of this is for services and programs including two meals a day and weekly housekeeping. Sadly, my mother is too ill to use most of the fabulous amenities herself. She’s not alone, on a Saturday afternoon, the bingo room is packed while the gym is empty.

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