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Moving Right Along, or In, or….

An anonymous poster to my blog asked about the reasons for my father-in-law’s moving in with us, whether for health reasons or practical. The short answer is, yes. 😉

It’s a little of both. He’s 94 years old, for one thing, with macular degeneration and substantial hearing loss, and he should not have been living on his own all these years (ten, since my mother-in-law’s death). Try to convince him of that, however, and it was only this past June that my husband got his father to agree to move up with us. Sure, he lives in a retirement community, and sure, the ideal thing would be for him to live in his own place and us nearby. But we don’t live nearby, and are not about to move down to NJ, and — well, he really shouldn’t be on his own.

A funny aside to all this: Just before my surgery, I got a frantic phone call from an old family friend, landing on us about how he shouldn’t be alone and what were we thinking, not having him with us, etc. etc. When I could get a word in edgewise, I explained that his moving in with us had been in the works, till my own health became an issue, and that it would be back in the works as soon as I was recovered. Oh. Then the Old Family Friend explains that she has been Talking with my FIL’s next-door neighbor, and I see what’s really going on: The next-door neighbor is the one he depends on for rides to church and to the doctor’s, and she’s getting sick and tired of carting him around! And well she should, but this has been his “escape route” for not having to move!!

It gets better. Last week he mentioned to the Next-Door Neighbor that he would be moving up to NH before the end of the year. By the next day, he had offers for his house from all over Leisure Village (the retirement community)! At least we know it will sell easily….

Sometimes I think about moving to a retirement community. My in-laws were younger than we are now, when they did that. It was just the thing for my MIL, lots of Activities, and not having to take care of their property but still owning the roof over their heads; bus access to church and shopping; opportunities for travel, which incidentally my FIL hated. But then I think about being with a lot of other geezers, and being pressured to Take Part in All the Activities, and would we have bus access to stores and church — plus, I would hate to be a part of the trend up here, which is the ruination of Maine by people moving up from Massachusetts…. And then there are all the people we know here, and we know all the short-cuts around heavy traffic….

I think we’ll stay put as long as we can. Hopefully, till it’s our turn to move in with a kid. :->

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