• Susan L.

A Slow Start

The holidays are over, and I am finding myself getting a slow start with my goals for the New Year. My father's new hip has healed nicely, and all his many appointments have finally slowed down. I just settled into writing mode and was planning to get caught up with my upcoming book: In Search of Rainbows, and start blogging again, when we were suddenly faced with yet another unexpected incident.

My father's birthday was on the tenth of this month, and we both agreed that it would be a good idea to enroll him at the local senior center to meet new friends and keep himself occupied. I was happily anticipating some much-needed time for myself, when out of the blue my poor dad took a tumble on the sidewalk after tripping over a small curb.

Although it looked much worse than it really was, it was still pretty devastating! After a quick ambulance ride to the emergency room on his birthday, he was very lucky to have suffered only minor injuries and some canceled birthday plans. He did, however, end up with a dislocated finger and some torn ligaments in his hand that will most likely require surgery and more physical therapy. In a nutshell; more appointments for dad and less time for me.

Over the years that I have been a caregiver for my parents, I have learned two very important things:

1) You must learn to live in the moment.

2) Always expect the unexpected.

In a perfect world, my book would be finished just in time for the holidays, my new website would be full of lovely blog posts, and my house would be spotless. And of course, there would be time left over to do all the things I love to do!

But since I don't live in a perfect world, I am forced back to reality. In the real world: my book will eventually be finished, I will post in my blog when I can, and my house will have to be a little messy. But that is life!

So, as the dust settles and family obligations continue to fill my calendar, I hope you will all find it in your heart to forgive me for being a little late from time to time. But please know that I do the best I can!

Thanks for understanding and being patient with me, as I deal with life's unexpected curve balls. I wish you all a safe, healthy and blessed week!