Caregiving and Those Silly Hats
I will be the first to admit that I have hit a dry spell recently in my writing. When chatting with other bloggers about this, I have learned that hitting a dry spell, or ‘The Wall’ as it has been described to me, is not uncommon. When you are a working family caregiver, there is often this tug of war between what you want to do versus what you have time to do, coupled with the fact of what you have to do. No matter what role you might have in life, finding that balance is always a challenge.
A great example of finding that balance in life happened this past weekend at a fundraising event for work. While I always like to include ‘The Little One’ in on as many events that he feels up to attend, this past weekend I was quite surprised when we both went ‘all in’ at SunServe’s Garden and Hat party. Creating crazy looking bonnets is not something that we do on a regular basis, yet we had a great time together shopping, creating and wearing ‘those’ hats on Sunday.
While we did not win the crazy hat contest, the weekend event reminded me that bonding over something that is fun is essential for both of us. If you’re a caregiver like me, I am sure you get caught up in the daily routine of making sure everything is prefect for your caree.
The past few months, ‘The Little One’ has been blessed with more good days than bad, for which we are both grateful. Yet to ‘Be A Healthy Caregiver,’ it is essential to find those times when we can take our mind off of things that we cannot control (cancer) and have fun with something that we can control (crazy hats). Letting go of control can be hard, yet in those bonding moments, there is a sense of freedom that for a moment helps take all our worries away. Come to think about it: Having one less worry in our day helps us us find that elusive balance in our lives that we so constantly strive to achieve.
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