Thursday, May 12, 2022

And then....then

Utter Chaos

Life is a chain of events, I know that is true.  These happenings link up to form the past.  That is how it works, and wonderfully so.

What I desire for a while is a period of time in which the weeks are filled with simple day-to-day activities:  laundry, going to a movie, reading, and such. 

These past few years have been labeled “…And Then…” years.

In Illinois, my mother started to decline, “…And Then…” started.  Each phone call and each visit always led to something more.  When Mom died in April 2011, I thought life would resume the laundry and movie routine.  But, it didn’t.

All those “…and then…” events occurred:  A broken ankle.  A fall/sprawl (broken ankle betrayed me).  Trips to far-off places.  Christmas and birthdays.  Serious illness and surgery (for my husband’s mother).  Subsequent care following. 

Then...my daughter fell, broke bones in her foot, had surgery, was ‘laid up’ for two months.  Then…my other daughter had a baby boy!...And then we couldn't see this baby boy for almost a year.

More trips to far-off places.  And then…

Maybe I am whining about life in general.  Maybe I am like my wee grandson who cries when he needs something, and it is up to his parents to figure out what that is. They could just call me and I can take over.

If I could push a “pause” button, I would. Should I?  Would you?  

 

23 comments:

  1. I suspect that I am glad that life doesn't have a pause button. It would be tempting, but if you had pushed pause at an earlier time, would you have even known about your grandson...

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    1. That is so true. I would love to hold my gr-babies.

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  2. the past years from 2017 have been one and then after another and another and another. I think age makes it harder to 'deal' with and then. yesterday we got a letter from our homeowners insuracne saying they will not renew our homeowners. they might if we put a new roof on. we don't need a new roof, they just say its 20 years old. and then..................

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  3. I'd like to go back two and a half years and stop the insanity before it spread. Two many things since then...

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    1. Stop the insanity! Oh yes. We have lived in such mess since 2.5 years ago.

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  4. Sometimes it's not ..and then, but they come (the troubles) all at once. I recently had such a period, and I don't wish it to anyone.

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  5. Oh man, this hit home. I love ordinary days, but they're becoming fewer and farther apart.

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  6. God has His timing in mind... sometimes it's to test us.

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    1. God doesn't need a clock, He IS the clock.

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  7. My grand babies are big now and there are times I would hit that pause button if I could. But life and time stop only when you're done here so I guess I will plug along for a bit and try to enjoy each day as a gift!

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    1. Plugging along is about all we can do, which is better than not plugging.

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  8. I think we all need a pause button right about now.

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  9. I wouldn't push a pause button. However bad things are, life needs to move forward. It's harder now that we are the older ones that the kids turn to for help and advice, while we ourselves often have no one older that we can turn to. No family member anyway.

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  10. Pause? Maybe! BUT at this age a REWIND or RESTART would definitely grab my attention. LOL GOOD one here on REAL LIFE. Yes the 'And thens' do get you down...

    Love you lady, Life is good (really),,, but there are times.........
    Be safe, do the laundry and READ!

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  11. PS: Methinks even the most positive people I have known would push the pause if it were available, AT TIMES! ;-).

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  12. precious Susan you are a beautiful writer !
    i am sorry you had fall and all the mishaps in life but i think we all have such tragedies though in various times and in different shapes .life is chain of events i agree though this chain also can be divided in "phases"
    i wanted to pause life when my younger son were growing ,i did not want them to grow and leave the house i wanted to pause .in old age life seems to run fastest and i wonder if i want to pause it a little as i know ahead is more sickness and dependency .

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!