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Identify three parts of your life you wish were different.
Can you come up with a reason to be grateful for each?

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THIS is a toughie!

Probably the main thing for me would be our financial situation. With both of us being “first kids” we had the same rebellious early adulthood that a lot of “first” do. In other words, we pretty much went with the flow and lived in the moment with little thought for our financial future. Now we are having to hustle to get things in order so that his nibs can retire next year. The upside to this is that by the time you get older, things seem to just become things. You realize that relationships are your most prized possessions. It does make it easier to make changes in your life style — like down-sizing…

Sometimes I wish our son would be able to move into his own place. Arn and I have never had the chance to experience “empty nest syndrome” to any great degree (meaning we had six months when Bran got married), and we’ve had a hard time establishing a different kind of relationship in the here and now. We have both changed so much over the years that sometimes it feels like we don’t know each other as well as we thought we did. The upside is that having Bran around has been a real God-send as I’ve gone through this battle with Myasthenia Gravis. Can’t count how many doc appointments he’s run me to, etc. I sometimes wonder what we’d do without him.

I am certainly NOT doing what I pictured myself doing at this age after the kids were raised. I honestly thought I’d be devoting a lot of time to writing — rather, learning to write. But reality has intruded on that scenario. Is there an upside to this one? I don’t know. Sitting home day after day is hardly my idea of a fulfilling life. So I’ll have to get back to you on this one…

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