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When you are offended at any man's fault, turn to yourself and study your own failings. Then you will forget your anger...Epictetus

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Shoppus Interruptus

I live my life, at the moment, caught between a 17 year old who won't/can't drive and an 85 year old mother who has become, in some ways, like another child -- just when I thought I was almost done.

The child-who-refuses-to-drive, though, will drive eventually -- especially that I'm now refusing to take her places unless I need to go or she has to go -- so there is a light, however dim, at the end of the tunnel. But, with an 85 year old, well, it's pretty much all downhill from here. She actually does pretty well for her age -- she lives alone, still drives (to a few places) and really doesn't have any health problems that aren't under control. But there are times when I can see her memory slipping -- she forgets, can't find where she puts things, doesn't remember whole conversations, gets flustered easily.

Still, I've done all of these things myself so it's not all about age.

I had a senior moment today, actually. My youngest and I went over to my mother's to help her with a few things around the house and then we took her to Target. Which was great because I dearly love Tarzhay and I hadn't been in awhile. Well, it would have been great except that I left my freakin' pocketbook at my mother's house!

Which meant: No cash. No credit cards. No checkbook.

I found out one thing really fast -- it's absolutely NO FUN to shop if you don't have a prayer in hell of buying anything. Even if I didn't want to purchase anything, just the knowledge that I could obviously makes a huge difference in my shopping pleasure.

So, now I'm going to have to go back because shoppus interruptus is just not good for the soul.


  1. You sound so much like me. My almost 17 yo doesn't drive yet - she can, but doesn't like to. My 85 yo mom-in-law is still driving, but I fear we will have to take the keys away - soon! Although I've got empty nest syndrome for the next 3 weeks because my baby is at Transylvania University, I still have to do things for my m-i-l. I love my m-i-l to death, but when am I going to have time just for me?

  2. Yes, welcome to my world! I feel the same way -- what about ME? But, then, I feel guilty for thinking that -- it's a neverending cycle, I think. I don't know about you but it's pretty much just me dealing with my mother -- my only sibling lives far away -- so there's never even any hope that someone else will be able to do the next task -- I know I have to do them all.

    Oh, congratulations to your daughter -- I know she got in a Governor's program (I can't remember the exact name)this summer!