This is my Daddy...
and this is my Mama...
If it were possible, they would just jump right into this picture. This is Mamas favorite picture of Thomas Kincades collection.
Since this is not humanly possible...we have settled on the next best thing. Mama and I have gone over it many times before...but Daddy has been reluctant.
Mama is 64. Daddy is 72. For the most part, they are in great health. Definitely better than Ian or me. That is about to change also, and not at the beginning of the year, but now, today. But that is for later discussion.
They have a house in Columbus that they have rented out since we moved up here in 1984. They will never go back to live there, it would be like going backwards, and I believe that moving forward is always best.
When we first moved to the area we rented in Jonesboro. Clayton County became a cesspool in no time, and is the worst it has ever been even now. So, they moved to a better county. Now, this county is growing by leaps and bounds, and with that has come trash and lesser beings so to speak. It is not going to get better. It never does. So, it is time to move, soon.
Daddy has finally decided to go with this. Within the next year they will sell both houses. They will take the money from this and build a cottage, a cabin out back on our land. They dont want a lot of house, just a sitting room, a bathroom, a kitchen and a bedroom. They say they dont need all that room anymore.
Needless to say, I am happy about this. As much as we hate to face it, our parents are going to need us sooner or later. I dont want them to have financial burden. I want them close, so if anything happens we will be right there. The county above us has the best medical facilities you could ask for. I hope they live forever, but we all know it wont happen. One will go before the other. Neither would really survive alone without the other, and we could be there to help pick up the pieces and help ease the pain of losing someone that you have spent your whole life with. I dont know if that is possible, but it is better than living alone, away from family.
I am just so happy about this news. So we will be checking into zoning, plumbing, driveways...all that. Soon. It will be here before you know it. One to two years passes quicker these days it seems.