It doesn’t matter which holiday you celebrate, December is filled with holidays, including Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Saturnalia, Solstice, Boxing Day, Hogmanay, New Year’s Eve… The list is long, but the feeling of celebration is palpable throughout the month.
What if the world’s most famous detective were seeking a home in which he could stay up late into the night and wake up very late in the mornings, play his violin, enjoy his pipe, have a home office where he could scatter his papers and chemical equipment, research the latest findings and hang his famous deerstalker hat? What kind of home would someone with his unique habits require?
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...” ~ Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
Dickens may well have written the opening lines to his novel after spending a Thanksgiving holiday with a typical American family. Sure, we love one another, and we enjoy each other’s company, but the annual tradition of cramming multiple generations into a space to share a meal at a crowded table may be the definition of insanity.
As we get older, medical and hormonal changes often alter our sleeping habits. As Active Adults, we may find ourselves tired earlier in the evening, waking up throughout the night to use the bathroom or just because we are not tired at that moment.
In the United States, 29% of the population serves as a caregiver in some capacity to an adult who is ill or incapacitated. Most of their charges are family members, including an aging parent or parents. Sixty-five million Americans provide care for another adult, and 40 million Americans, ages 15 and over, provide this care without financial compensation.
(A Boomer Poem – Inspired by “Monster Mash”)
Sitting in my big old house late one night
I felt so tired, my muscles were tight
After cleaning the whole house and raking the yard
I thought “Why does being home have to be so hard?”
Think back a moment to the home of your childhood. Whether you lived in a single-family home, a “tract home” in a planned development, an apartment building, or something else, it’s likely that your experiences in that home helped to shape the concept of “home” for you throughout your lifetime.