Everything listed under: Family

  • Post Featured Image

    My Father’s Truths and Lessons

    By Nancy Davidoff Kelton for Next AvenueMy father died in 1997 at age 88, yet he wakes me up some mornings and guides me through my days. On Father’s Day, and every day, particularly now during this pandemic, I am grateful for his gifts of wisdom which include:1. A Sense of HumorIt goes beyond tilting our heads upon seeing Aunt Bernice’s lopsided Jell-O molds and ribbing Uncle Joe for being a know-it-all; beyond teasing and clever retorts.   Read More...

  • Post Featured Image

    Yes, Somebody Does Want Your Stuff

    By Ilene Raymond Rush for Next AvenueWhen you downsize, your kids probably don’t want your stuff, but I’m here to tell you other people do. Lots of people, many of whom may need, and value, your stuff far more than you — or your kids.Before the pandemic started, this truth was made clear to me when my husband and I downsized from our large suburban home to a smaller city townhouse and I faced the task of disposing of 30 years-worth of couches, chairs, rugs, records, office equi...  Read More...

  • Post Featured Image

    How to Be a Great Virtual Grandparent

    By Liz Seegert for Next AvenueNothing is “normal” these days. While we don’t yet know how bad COVID-19 will ultimately be, we do know that people over 60 are at particular risk for complications, should they become ill. That has many grandparents sheltering in place and unable to be physically with their grandchildren.However, many are making extra efforts to maintain a regular presence in their grandkids’ lives during the pandemic, albeit in a different form.   Read More...

  • Post Featured Image

    Heartwarming Connections From a Grieving Mother’s Story

    By Judy Nelson for Next Avenue“Yours will always be a Mother’s heart.”The message on the card attached to a single yellow rose makes me suck in my breath. It is the first Mother’s Day since my only child, Jason, died in a moped accident on a deserted Mexican highway the night after Christmas Day. He was three months short of his 21st birthday.My friend’s loving message got me through that day.But the past 30 Mother’s Days have put me through a shape-shift...  Read More...

  • Post Featured Image

    My Father’s Frugal Habits Make Sense Now

    By Margaret Morganroth Gullette for Next AvenueMy father had plenty of habits that irritated my mother. But nothing irritated her more than “Marty being cheap.” As a child, I didn’t understand it either.For instance, my father turned off the lights in rooms that people had just left. Sometimes we were leaving just to come right back in, but whenever he was home, he would march cross the little hallway from wherever he was at either end of the house to click the light switc...  Read More...