Just got the official word that my mother is retiring in September. This isn’t a huge surprise- she’s had four entirely separate surgeries in the space of sixteen months and she’s grouchy about her new dept chair- but it is kinda shaking my grip on life. I mean, on the one hand this doesn’t affect me too much but on the other hand: shit. My parents are old. Like, my parents are retirees. My father is 71. My mother is four months away for qualifying for Medicare. How the fuck did that happen? I don’t even have my life together enough to have something resembling a career.
Older parents are terrifying, let me tell you.