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Barbara Lombardo of Saratoga Springs, NY, is a journalism adjunct at University at Albany and retired executive editor of The Saratogian, The Record and the Community News. Follow her on Twitter @Barb_Lombardo.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

"Glad to be Alive" works for me

Put aside newspaper and other work-related issues to spend a few moments on being a member of the "sandwich generation" -- adults who have both children and parents who, to some degree or another, need care and attention.
We celebrated my father's 78th birthday on Thursday with a pizza party at an unanticipated location: children and grandchildren gathered in the "Sunshine Room" of the rehab center where my mother is trying to learn to get along with a broken ankle.
The best present was for me: When I picked him up at his apartment and he asked me to guess what was the best thing about it being his birthday, and I hopefully (and correctly) took a shot. "You're alive."
Yes, he said, I'm glad to be alive.


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