Juggling Act

About Juggling Act

My teenage daughter loves the soulful voice of  the Temptation’s David Ruffin, as well as Sam Cooke’s versions of “A Change is Gonna Come.” She has put these songs and other “old school” rhythms on her iPod, along with the cleaned-up lyrics of the popular hip-hop artists. She knows the difference between the Jerk dance of the 1960s and the newer one favored by today’s young people.

Yes, my 14-year-old has a Baby Boomer Mom and it shows in some of her interests and tastes. However, she is most certainly of the technology age and is like any typical teenager, straining to figure out who she is by sometimes testing boundaries and rules.

My mom likes Sam Cooke, too, but he has a far different meaning in her life, as he was the crooner extraordinaire when she was a young woman. These days, after becoming fiercely independent following the death of my father more than two decades ago, my mom needs help with medical decisions, cleaning her home, and just getting out to visit the beautician or a longtime friend. 

Like many 50-something mothers, I am sandwiched between caring for an adolescent and, along with my sisters, offering guidance and nurturing to my nearly 80-year-old mother. Sometimes it’s tough. Other days I can’t imagine more joy.

That’s why I’m writing this blog. I want to celebrate the triumphs and trials of we Baby Boomer sandwich Moms, who don’t have books to read for advice and don’t get interviews on Oprah. My stories are like yours, and I want to write about them, perhaps offering a bit of humor or affirmation. There are many of us and I want to build a sisterhood where we share our family tales and offer each other advice and comfort.

We don’t need to do this juggling act alone.

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