Have you heard of the sandwich generation? Are you a part of it? Well, here is a holiday story that just summed it up hahahaha. Laughing til you cry, do you know that feeling? Or even crying til you laugh and back again.
My family from 78 to 14 was together on Thanksgiving. It was fun and wacky and had all the elements of a good family mix of ideals, thoughts, interests and love at the center of it all. We have been known to always have a family activity that gets us out and about and is usually an adventure. This year with different health issues I thought it would be pretty mellow. Then my Mom announced we were going on an electric bike tour. Ok, I thought, I think we can do that. As we donned our helmets and got our bikes (that went upwards of 20mph) I started to get more and more concerned about the safety of 78 and 14 hahahaha.
We practiced loops in the parking lot and I was getting more and more worried. Wow, being a mother and a daughter is no easy task hahahaah. Everyone was gung-ho and 14 thought I was just simply acting crazy as my worry turned to laughter, tears and outright fear. Having witnessed one accident a couple summers ago I was not ready to set myself up for another moment like that. Maybe I have PTSD from that.
Either way off we all went, single file down the street following the guide. It was an amazing day, right after a storm, so clear and clean and right before the next storm. The views were incredible and I was lost somewhere between the amazing views, my 14 year old holding back so he could then gun it as fast as it would go to race to the front and 78 hanging on a tandem bike!!! At one point, the guide said, as my son flew by, “I have been there” and I replied, “between my son and my dad I might have a heart attack!” Hahahahaha.
I also had a flashback to when they talked me into going down the black diamond slope in Park City. Something I can still get sweaty thinking about. Yet, after that I was able to relax a bit and enjoy this adventure. Out of my comfort zone and worried for everyone’s safety is a lesson for me. Breath, have Faith, enjoy the moment, everyone’s path is everyone’s path and I am not in control of any of that. And guess what? It all worked out perfectly fine and fun; hot cocoa, the candy store, a ferry ride, the breathtaking view, wind in the hair, learning a new skill, and family bonding!
Thanks Mom. Again needing that push out of the comfort zone and the benefits are beautiful. So, I feel you if you are sandwiched. Hang in there and try to breath and enjoy both ends of this spectrum. It won’t last forever and the memories from this time are priceless. Grateful am I.