I recently heard of this term "Sandwich Generation" from this Christian Working Mom blog. Prior to that I didn't know that such term exist, and little did I know that I belong to such.
Most of you know that my parents have now moved in with us. Maybe some of you are wondering how is it going. It's going great!
One of my main goal in moving them here to live with us on Maui (from the Philippines) is for them to be able to bond with my kids, their grand kids. That is going on very smoothly and I couldn't be any happier. Even with the language barrier (my kids do not know how to speak Tagalog and my parents are not fluent in English yet), they are getting along very very well. My parents take them to school everyday and picks them up also. Both generations love it!
I am starting a blog for my parents which will be titled "Tatay and Nanay's Maui Adventures" so that my bothers and all our relatives and friends can be updated. I will post a lot of photos there.
One thing that is a concern is that my dad told me (and I have observed) is that my mom is becoming more and more forgetful. I have seen and heard her say things over and over again. When I get a chance I will research on Alzheimer's and see if she's exhibiting the symptoms. Maybe it's an early sign of being senile. I don't know. I won't worry much about this for now. It's only a little sign here and there. What blesses me is how my dad cares for her and protects her. It makes me teary eyed just thinking about it. If you've seen the movie NOTEBOOK, you'd know what I mean when I say that my dad is like that husband on that movie. He's a "rock" for my mom. It's so inspiring to watch him.
I googled the term Sandwich Generation and was pleasantly surprised to find a lot of articles, even a full range of websites dedicated to it. I will read up :). Here are some samples: here, here and here.