How to grow old gracefully: We have been very busy the last couple of days. My son and his wife drove a moving truck to our house from Illinois. They are going to move in with us and of course bringing three children.
I have found that as we grow older, we are set in our ways. We lived our life, being parents, bringing up children, helping elderly parents, and finally living on our own. It is hard to accept the one thing that goes on all the time in life, CHANGE. We can not live without it. We can not control it. But as we get older life changes and so do, we. I think the hardest thing about change is to embrace it. The kids are making to much noise, we eat dinner at a different time, why are all the lights on in the house.
We have to accept change and go with the flow, trying to adjust so we can live a happy life.
We had a couple of walls put up in our house to make a playroom for the kids. Something we think will be healthy for all of us. Just doing that, is a way to grow old gracefully. Knowing that when the kids are living here, and want to play, they will have their own room to make noise in.
Our garage, living room and some of the rooms upstairs are full of boxes. This brings me back in time to when we moved with our children. Yes, we moved a lot. We have lived in seven different states as our children grew up. It is different though, knowing that your child and their children are moving in with you. Looking at the clutter is hard, but embracing the fact that we will make a difference is wonderful.
Now we have the opportunity to be a great help to my son and his wife. We get to act as parents again, hoping to help teach these kids the old rules of life, respect and love. Going back in time, to when there was no internet, and we took the kids to the park for hours, or swimming in the pool all day. Watching Disney movies till we fall asleep. Picnics in the park and feeding the ducks. Fishing with grandpa.
How do you deal with change?
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