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Just Exactly How Old is Old?

12 Jun

Old ladies aren’t supposed to run around and jump up and down and play games all the time. Old people are supposed to sit around talking about the weather…” *

One of my brothers likes to remind me about a time when I was 16 and I referred to his then 30-year-old boss as ancient. Now contrast my naive teenage words of wisdom with those of my seven-year-old:

The other night I was reading a book to my son in which a group of second graders were concerned their gym teacher would soon die if she didn’t start curtailing her many athletic activities. As I read the words “Miss Small is a quarter of a century old. That’s like ancient,” my son could be heard shouting “No it isn’t you dumb heads. She’s 25! That’s not old! Old is like 90!”

Obviously my son at seven has a better sense of  what it means to be old than I did at 16. I bet we all have a different opinion about what age we consider to be old.  So just exactly how old do you think is old? And do you really think age matters?

*Gutman, Dan. Miss Small is Off the Wall, Harper Collins, 2009.

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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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Outside the Box Thinkers

7 Mar

As the parent of a twice exceptional, outside the box thinker, I was really happy to find this extremely well done video.

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Full Disclosure

10 Feb

  

Sandwiched individuals are much like the meat in the middle of a good pastrami sandwich, spicy, tender, with a little bit of fat, and destined to fall apart unless handled with care.

Now for my full disclosure:  Opinions expressed are entirely my own and not that of any future employers.

I am not a social worker or a geriatric care manager or a gerontologist. I’m just a daughter/niece and mother who after being plunged into the world of elder care has seen the good, the bad, and the ugly in terms of how our loved ones are treated once they become ill.  I also bring the unique perspective of a 50+ woman solo-parenting (and by choice too) a still very young child.

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