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Kids in their teens and early twenties have not fully learned skills of compromise and patience; at least not with those whom they’re close to. I hear all the time from my daughters how we should tolerate people’s differences in this day of too many identity options. But when it comes to their siblings, the rules don’t necessarily apply. We parents give our children sisters and brothers, so they can learn patience and kindness, or the best way to smack that sibling up side the head without mom catching them.
Community Events, July 2016
This column is not a diatribe on how women can't do men's work. I believe our young woman can do whatever they want to do. However, there are certain things in my marriage that I expect my husband to do and there are things he expects me to do.
I admit, I've been slacking off this year and not been taking my morning walks. I don't know why; I always feel better when I get exercise. One reason I don't walk as much in the summer is because the sun is up earlier than I am. I can't stand walking in the direct sunlight even if the heat of the day hasn't begun, nor can I walk in the heat. So I've determined I just have to get up by six if I'm going to get a walk in. So far I've been doing pretty well.
We have a small house and years ago enclosed the garage as a living space for my mother, so I could keep an eye on her after my father passed away. When my youngest started kindergarten a couple years later, my mother escaped back to the quiet sanctuary of her little mobile home in the woods (what retired person wants to live in the chaos of a family?). That extra space turned out to be a bonus room for us to spread out as our daughters grew and their interests expanded. It was my craft room, office and guest room for as long as they can remember.
Having my youngest daughter graduate has essentially made my life easier. I no longer feel responsible for any other schedule but my husband's and my own, which frees up much of my mental time. But it's wreaking havoc on my emotional stability.