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Old 05-19-2011, 08:13 PM   #1
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Sandwich generation finds it difficult to camp

I had heard about this: now I am there. I worry about my 86 year-old mom-in-law and my 16 year-old kid whenever I am out of town, even for the day.

What to do?

1. Stay home to spend weekend gardening with mom-in-law, pick up kid from school trip.
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2. Go camping with hubby and worry the whole time.
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3. Go camping with hubby and know they will be just fine. If you add the experience of the 86 year-old and the innocence of the 16 year-old, you get 102, which divided by two equals my age.<_<
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Old 05-19-2011, 09:30 PM   #2
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Fret not. Worrying doesn't do a bit of good in a situation like that. Ask God to send an extra couple of angels to guard them both, and relax!
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Old 05-19-2011, 09:46 PM   #3
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If you add the experience of the 86 year-old and the innocence of the 16 year-old, you get 102, which divided by two equals my age.<_<
Maybe you could count on them to look after each other while you and hubby are out of town...
The very old and the very young have more in common with each other than they do with those of us who're still in the fight!

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Hi: CharlynnT...Just sit back and enjoy your "Sandwich". What ever is going to happen WILL no matter where you are!!! When it does is the time to adjust your plans.
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Old 05-20-2011, 09:35 AM   #5
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I would think the two of them would be fine. We always said we got along fine with our grandchildren because we have a common enemy - our children.
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I would think the two of them would be fine. We always said we got along fine with our grandchildren because we have a common enemy - our children.

So-o-o-o true!
Dorothy Camfield Fisher's short story "The Heyday of The Blood" is a dead-on illustration of such an alliance, and the adventure its two heros embark upon together.
To the everlasting consternation of their family!
Less than 15 pages and available to read online in doc. form...just google the title/author.


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Make arrangements with friends or other family to be on call in case of emergency.
If the toilet explodes - if somebody has to go to the hospital - a car breaks down - have somebody who can respond - if it's bad enough you can come home - if it's minor they can deal with it.
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I bet your mother would be the first to tell you to GO and enjoy it while you can. I know my own 87 y/o mother tells me that all the time. So I do, but I also know there are people close by and my mom can count on them if need be.
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I appreciate you situation, sometimes it means camping close to home. We recently went on a vacation and didn't get further than the next town. We were away from the phone, on our own schedule and yet if need to easy to get home. There was a time when my job was getting to me and I would go camping overnight just to be free from the phone. Is there still camping at Lake Else, or Kitamat ? Use to live in Rupert, Hazelton and Haida Gwai.Enjoyed camping at Seeley Lake and another provincial campground at Telkwa.
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I am part of a double-decker sandwich....17 yr old grand, 30 someting kids and 82 year old mother. Now granted my grand has her mom, but truth is at her age she relates better to me and MY mother, who still gets around pretty well for an old broad.

Do you have siblings close by who can check on both? I'm very fortunate to have a wonderful sister who helps keep tabs on Mom. We spilt duties during the week in that sis cleans once a week and I stop by for tea and trash duty every other on my way home from work. With cell phones, I seldom worry that she is out of touch with anyone when we're out of town.

I can picture your 16 and 86 doing a pretty good job of watching each other and you enjoying your camping with the hubby. (and maybe ocassionally doing the gardening bit with mom just cuz it's cool to do that.)
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