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parentling adult children, helping aging parents, waiting for grandchildren

The Lost Bracelet

Yesterday I lost my favorite bracelet.  This bracelet is a simple braided black leather band.  The clasp, however, is distinctive:  two silver dragon heads, each biting down on a silver circle that resembles the leather band.  My husband gave it … Continue reading

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Part 10: Our New Nest

How important is the place where one lives?  Is the building itself important?  Or is it the way one feels when one retreats to one’s abode?  Is home the heart?  The mind?  A fortress?  A retreat?  What makes a house … Continue reading

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Part 9: Road Trip!

After the movers came and went, after we said our good byes to neighbors and friends, after we spent one last night in the house where we had lived for twenty-one years,  we put the dogs in the truck, secured … Continue reading

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Part 8: A Truly Empty Nest

A note:  I wrote this before we closed on the house but never got to posting it.  The next few posts should bring us up-to date.  Stay tuned. Leaving home is what young people do.  Children become teenagers, dreaming of … Continue reading

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Part 6: The Middle

On Christmas Eve, my parents, brother #2 and his family (including his wife’s parents), Sister #4 and her family, and my family often gathered together for a celebration.   This year my brother’s wife volunteered to host a potluck, my favorite … Continue reading

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Part 5: Somewhere a nest for us

California and Connecticut are a world apart.  At least a country apart.  In Connecticut, every inch of land seems to be in a city or town whereas in California, large areas are unincorporated and controlled by the county.  The conflict … Continue reading

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Part 4: The Moveable Nest

Our first grandchild!  I admit it.  I wanted a grandchild.  I had young nieces and nephews.  I had much younger friends with adorable babies.  I could hold a child, babysit, and play with a child anytime I wanted.  I still … Continue reading

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