Hasta La Vista Baby
I’m going to visit my family back east.
It’s been a year since I last saw them. My annual trek is a time to go down memory lane, visit family and McLean, VA, the area I grew up. It’s amazing how much changes each year with more growth and development. What was once a sleepy suburb bordered by farms is now next door to Tyson’s Corner, the densest area in the sprawling DC metropolitan mess. And don’t get me started on the expense and traffic. DC is one of the most expensive and gridlocked cities in the country. I’m glad I moved away and wonder how in the world I could afford to move back if needed to help with my mother. I’m excited to see them and get reacquainted with my brother’s kids. But mostly, these trips are about helping my mother. As she ages, she has a harder time keeping up with the house and yard so my goal is to see how much I can get down for her while I’m there.
I’ll be away a couple of weeks and taking a break from blogging. In fact, for the first time, I won’t be bringing my computer so it will be a partial digital holiday too. I’ll still have my phone and probably visit a few blogs and social media. but I plan to give myself a break and won’t post anything until June when I return.
I’m both excited and nervous to see my mom in person knowing she’s had a hard year healthwise. She sounds more beaten down by life and her health, but I believe she’s still the strong-willed person I know. The issues of aging are challenging, especially being a long distance from my family. Hopefully, we’ll have some heart to heart talks and see what options are available. So far, my mom has been determined to stay in her house despite her age and health.
Until we meet again!