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Archive for the “Inspiration and Reflection” Category

Dog Gone Aging

Posted on July 13th, 2016 by Margit Novack
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I overheard a conversation. “How are your parents doing?” one asked. “Oh, you know, they’re deteriorating,” said the other. “That’s it?” I thought. “That’s how she sums up her parents… They’re deteriorating? What about, “They’re facing some challenges but they’re coping ” or “They’re declining and struggling to maintain their independence” or “All things considered, they’re […]

The Ten Pound Mirror

Posted on June 20th, 2016 by Margit Novack
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  We have a ten pound mirror. It’s not that it weighs ten pounds. It’s a floor length mirror surrounded by engraved industrial wood. It’s a work of art, really. But that’s not why it’s special. It’s special because it’s a ten pound mirror. There is something wrong with the optics. You walk by it, […]

Hydration Frustration

Posted on May 24th, 2016 by Margit Novack
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      When you do a long distance walk, you learn a lot about hydration. Hydration is what we used to call drinking, but it’s a lot more complicated. Drinking is taking a liquid into your mouth and swallowing. Hydration involves what you drink, when you drink, how much you drink, and even what […]

The Last Time I Was Mothered

Posted on May 5th, 2016 by Margit Novack
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I don’t understand mid-life orphans. They complain about care giving responsibilities and then, when their parents pass away, they lament about being orphans. They say they feel bereft, unmoored, devastated by life without parents. Don’t they realize how lucky they are? Having elderly parents is a privilege some of us never had. 

My Orphan Earrings

Posted on April 26th, 2016 by Margit Novack
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I have been looking at my pile of orphan earrings, earrings without partners, wondering why I keep them. It’s true that a lost earring does sometimes show up, but many have been mateless for years. Why do I keep even those single earrings?

Helping Parents Sail Upwind

Posted on March 29th, 2016 by Margit Novack
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In sailing, the technique used to move against the wind is called tacking. In common use, tacking is the concept of making progress by zigzagging rather than moving forward directly. For adult children helping their parents transition from one home to another, tacking can be a useful concept.

“What, Mother is Dead?”

Posted on March 4th, 2016 by Margit Novack
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I was sitting in the lobby of an assisted living residence when a resident met his son at the door, hugged him, and asked, “Where’s Mother?” “Mom’s dead, Dad,” said the son. “She died three days ago. Don’t you remember?” “What, mother died?” he said, grief and panic written on his face. Less than a […]

Walking Peg Miles

Posted on February 16th, 2016 by Margit Novack
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  Two years ago, a friend died suddenly after a horrendously short battle with cancer. I guess we all have our own way of remembering and honoring people we’ve lost.   I remember Peg through “Peg miles”.  I am a walker. For 25 years, I’ve walked for exercise and enjoyment. I don headphones, select my favorite exercise […]

Anya Opts for a Third Choice

Posted on January 18th, 2016 by Margit Novack
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  Thirty years ago, my 92 year old grandmother tried to kill herself.  They called us from her personal care residence to say she had been found unresponsive, with an empty bottle of pills by her bed. My brother and I rushed to the hospital and heard the sound of her stomach being pumped. For […]

Keeping Mom at the Table

Posted on October 23rd, 2015 by Margit Novack
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Two sisters were faced with who should have a set of dishes that had passed from their grandmother to their mother, and now to them. As they discussed who would get the dishes, they realized that what they both wanted was for their mother and grandmother to “be present” at future family gatherings, and so they […]