Last night, I found out that my cousin's wife, whom I had blogged about shortly after my last visit to her, may be approaching her final days.
She will never have the chance to become a senior citizen, a status I was granted simply (simply?) by living past age 65.
I am convinced, as arduous as old age can be, that being granted old age is a privilege - a privilege not all of us are granted.
I remember a friend, now deceased, telling me "the best part of waking up is waking up".
I feel now, that major decisions in my life are ahead. I still work full time. Do I want to keep doing that, knowing that life can hand you its pink slip at any time? How long do I want to take with this decision?
I'm finding that the snowbirding I am interested in is harder to research than I dreamed - perhaps a blog post on that process is forthcoming.
I am moving forward with planning in the meantime- we have an appointment with an attorney to update our important documents (will, powers of attorney, etc.) and recently had an important conversation with our grown son.
I had a long conversation last night with the cousin who is our family's contact with my cousin whose wife is in that hospice.
All we can do is make plans, and hope that life does not laugh at them. And, I will continue to crochet, although I suspect that the lap blanket that my mother in law didn't live to see completed (and nor may my cousin's wife) will end up with my cousin. If he doesn't want it, we will find a good home for it.
I'll keep you updated on the progress of my planning, during what may turn out to be an interesting year in my life.