A new era for me

Kathy, Age 70

I read about this website in the book “70 things to do when you turn 70”, a birthday gift from my sister. A birthday card from another friend said “I’m sorry you’re birthday was ruined by a global pandemic. It sort of was ruined. I had a beach trip planned with my daughters and their families which was cancelled. A celebration trip with my sister was cancelled. Birthday lunches with friends were cancelled. A family party was cancelled. I did not handle my self-imposed quarantine well. I drank and ate too much and binge-watched endless tv series. My disabled son, who lives in a group home, was in lock-down, and I couldn’t take him out for lunch and a walk like we always did.
I was dreading turning 70 and it was worse than I could have imagined. I feel terribly old, especially since I let myself get in worse shape in quarantine than I already was. However, I got the biggest birthday present of my life, a house!
Having thought about it for a couple of years, my daughter and I, along with her husband, bought a house together that had an apartment for me on its lower level. We moved in 3 weeks ago and now I enjoy life with my precious 7 year old grandson, my 24 year old grandson, and dinner each night with all of us together. It’s a new era for me. I can relax about trying to maintain my living space or worrying about being alone if my health fails. Mostly, though I love being part of my family!
I feel loved and have people around me to love, life is good.
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3 Responses to A new era for me

  1. Blog Mavens says:

    happy birthday kathy


  2. Gerrie Howard says:

    What a lovely letter Kathy, so inspiring . So happy for you.
    This covid19 is so awful but at least you’re not alone and
    with your family now, which is a blessing indeed
    Keep safe and well.

  3. Woooooooo Hoooooooooo! Good for you! You are living my dream! I think now more than ever…because of the pandemic, people are reflecting on their lives, and reassessing what matters most. My grandmother taught me that any time you are making memories with those you love, you are creating a “movie” that you can re-live over and over again.

    Enjoy this next chapter! Thank you for being an inspiration!

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