2016 = 47

I remember being in my teens and thinking that the year 2000 was so far away. I hoped that the future portrayed in the Jetsons was real. I wanted food to come out already prepared and Rosie the Robot was a must in my future. So here I am, 2016, and I now know that the Jetsons lied to me.

2016 is the year I turn 47. Forty-seven…wow!  That’s so close to 50. I remember thinking that people in their 40’s were so old. Yet I don’t feel old (my body may think it is but my mind is still going like I’m 32).  Thanks to the miracle that comes in the form of moisturizer, I don’t look my age. People are shocked to find out that I’m actually older than they think. Thanks Mom for the moisturizer tip. I get it now when you said I would appreciate it when I got older.

I am looking forward to this year. 4 and 7 are my two favorite numbers and I figure that 47 will be good for that fact alone.  This year will be different for me in some ways. I have a child that is technically an adult and has moved out of our home and into his University dorm. I’m trying to deal with that. I have another child who loves being the only kid at home and just soaks up the attention.  On the serious side, my mother had a stroke 3 months ago. She and my dad are living with me while she recovers. In a blink of an eye, our roles changed. I’m now the responsible one who makes sure that my Mom’s needs are being met. I’m in charge of keeping all the doctor’s appointments straight, fighting her insurance company and I have become her teacher too. She’s relearning her alphabet, numbers, birth date, names of people in her life, etc.  She has been so determined to get back to her old life. She has made so much progress. I am very proud of how far she’s come. But now that things are settling down and her speech has come back (to a point), I can see other issues that we need to work on.

2016 is going to be about growth. My family is changing. Roles are changing.  To top it off, after 23 yrs with the same company, I’m seriously thinking of making a change. This year should be interesting.



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