Long-term thinking mixed with short-term anxiety has gotten me stuck right here. My rut, but not my Jeep. Lauren drives me home from the car fix-it shop in her husband's old green Jeep. I can barely climb up and into the Jeep, but falling out is easy.
Lauren is very clear on her line in the sand. She would rather live under a bridge than ever teach preschool again. I mention the spiders and bugs under the bridge, Lauren insists preschoolers bite more than bugs. I haven't been bit, but life under the bridge seems likely in my long-term future.
Lauren much prefers being the auto fix-it shop counter gal and sometimes mechanic. She makes me laugh. Her story reminds me I need some thinking outside the box to avoid a future under the bridge.
Michael Wollf's excellent heart-rending op-ed about long-term care was syndicated in the Dallas Morning News on June third, but is accessible at this link. Our nation needs, desperately needs, some rethinking on this issue.