The unique change-of-address cards have begun slowly coming to my mailbox. In the past two month there have been three of them. The latest was from my
kindergarten teacher. She has moved to a retirement community. She needs assistance to keep living.
Now there is nothing really "unique" in this. We caregivers know that big time. What is unique, though, is our relationship to it. Used to be, we
thought of this change in domestic situation only in terms of our parents. Our Greatest Generation parents.
Now it seems we've marched on to the generation after them.
It is bizarre, this overview of aging that we are watching from our perch. And still, the human condition convinces us that somehow the march will stop
before our generation even gets to the parade.
I salute all who have made the move, and wish them nothing but love and comfortable care in their transition. It is a brave decision to make, and a
difficult one. I can see my kindergarten teacher now, as she welcomed me into the classroom on the first day of school. I pray she feels as taken care of
and at home as she made me feel that day.
D.G. Fulford is the author of
Bonus Years with Mom, written with her mother Phyllis Greene. She is also the co-founder of . You can find her at .
Photo credit: Marcia Smilack