Here we are, back home and I am more tired than when we left. Late last evening my son texted me and we are now dealing with a family emergency with one of my husband’s daughters and her daughter. It’s a big mess. Of course, I can’t say what it’s about but it’s sad and maddening. I have been expecting this call since her daughter was born 4 years ago. Sorry to be cryptic.

This morning we were out of the hotel before 9:00 and because of the reasons above I had a terrible sleep. And then the fire alarm went off at 5:30 a.m. We stopped for a quick lunch and we were home by noon. We would have left last night but there were no more ferries. I had a nap this afternoon but it was one of those naps where my heart was racing the entire time.

One thing that I have not mentioned is my son is back living with us. His job in Victoria was not really going anywhere so he’s back here. I put super strict guidelines in place, the biggest thing was that he find work and it has to be full time. Today he got hired on the spot starting at $18.00 an hour. The province I live in, British Columbia, is desperate for trade workers. Trade workers here are getting paid more than persons with degrees. Because the baby boomers are retiring in droves they don’t have anyone to fill the positions. Young men and women are applying and getting hired immediately and being offered apprenticeships. My son has a lot going for him in the fact he is responsible. He doesn’t drink or do drugs and he actually shows up to work. (gasp!) In our generation, that is what you did but it seems this generation can be quite entitled and think that hard, dirty work is beneath them. I can’t tell you how many people I know that have their grown unemployed children living with them. He must have been tired when he got home because all his stuff was just left in one place. That’s good though. Being tired and dirty is good.

It will be a go to bed early night. For me anyway.

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  1. Hugs.
    Family can be a minefield.
    I am not in the slightest bit surprised that you boy is responsible. His training was good.
    I hope things can be resolved, and that your heart can stop racing.

  2. So sorry for your family crisis. I hope it resolves soon. Good news about your son getting a job. Being responsible is a huge thing. He will do well.

  3. Good Lord! Family. It’s not all sweetness and light, is it?
    Glad your son got a good job.
    Now you get some rest and remember- you can only do what you can do. So much is NOT dependent on you to save the world. Okay?

  4. Sorry to hear about the family troubles. I hope it gets sorted quickly and for everyone’s highest good. Just catching up on your last two posts as well. Your getaway spot looked beautiful and serene. Glad you went. Glad you’re home. Love.

  5. Sorry to hear there are difficulties for your family. I think I remember you writing about this a little bit when your step daughter had her little one. Of course you did not write the details then as now out of respect for their privacy. Glad your son is home for a while. Sometimes they need to come home, mine did. I cherished the time until he moved out again. My sister’s son came home after his marriage ended. He drove her mad. I had my stepdaughter and her partner living with us for a while too. Luckily like you my son has always wanted to be in work. It is hard to have adults living in your house when they used to be children but I am sure you will manage this very well.

  6. Family troubles are so hard and all consuming. But I’m glad your son is working well with his boundaries, some relief there. Sleep is your refuge, Birdie, I hope it gives you some renewed strength to come back to this thing we call life. Thinking of you with lots of Love.

  7. My eldest daughter worked during the summer when she was not at uni, like you, I said she needs to work. She doesn’t pay us rent but I didn’t want her sitting around all day for months doing nothing. My younger daughter … well that’s another story.

  8. Sorry for the rough bits, but glad for your son. Our son also has a trade job and is in the final year of his apprenticeship. He works very hard, but the salary and benefits are much better than his last job so he’s following in the family trade.
    Hope the difficult situation will get better.

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