Carole Townsend

(Not So) Common Sense
With age comes both privilege and loss
By Carole Townsend

 

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Note:  This is a version of a piece I wrote in 2013, just a few months before my father passed away at 93 years of age. I thought, in light of present circumstances, it might deserve another look. I have added a few more thoughts, three years after his death. If any of you is caring for an aging  (originally written in January 2013)

Dad has been gone for three years now. I suppose I’ll get used to that one day, but it hasn’t happened yet. When something happens, no matter how big or small it may be, my first thought is still to pick up the phone and call him. Early on, I even did that a few times. It shakes me and I remember, I can’t do that any more. 

Many people my age are even now trying to juggle caring for their children while caring for, or managing the care for, a parent. It’s tough, not a job for sissies. Managing his care can be frustrating and difficult, I know, but I would encourage you to enlist all the help you can get, because the time 

Dad, if you’re listening, I miss you.

Carole Townsend is a Gwinnett author and freelance writer. Her fourth book, BLOOD IN THE SOIL, was published April 2016. It is the true tale of a crime that took place in Gwinnett County nearly 40 years ago. Her other three books are written with Southern humor. Carole often appears on network television talk and news shows, as well as on national true crime radio shows. Her books can be found in bookstores, on Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble.com, and at www.caroletownsend.com. When she’s not writing, Carole travels throughout the southeast, talking to groups about women, writing, family and living in her beloved South.Carole Townsend is a Gwinnett author and freelance writer. Her fourth book, BLOOD IN THE SOIL, was published April 2016. It is the true tale of a crime that took place in Gwinnett County nearly 40 years ago. Her other three books are written with Southern humor. Carole often appears on network television talk and news shows, as well as on national true crime radio shows. Her books can be found in bookstores, on Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble.com, and at www.caroletownsend.com. When she’s not writing, Carole travels throughout the southeast, talking to groups about women, writing, family and living in her beloved South. For more information, visit www.caroletownsend.com