Each stage of life punches me between the eyes. And despite the fact that I've previously watched while others dealt with the challenges that I now face, I'm as shocked by each new event as if I've walked in on a room full of people yelling, "Surprise!"
My mother is in a nursing home. She is miserable and wants to die. But she can't quite manage it, so she's mad as hell. And I am helpless.
Meanwhile, I have 32 months until I can collect my retirement benefits. I need them now. Too bad, Toots.
Did NOT see any of this coming.