Moving to the Other Side of the Rainbow

| 12/9/2014 1:43:00 PM

TracyOnce upon a time, we were a busy family, rushing through the days, and living life. With a blended family of four children, somebody always had something going on. We had marching band, theater, soccer, baseball, baton, pottery, volunteer events, swim meets and water polo tournaments, plus the endless meetings, practices and rehearsals that go along with these. And then we didn’t have it anymore. 


I was a teacher and loved my job. One day at work, I fell, hit my head, suffered a brain injury and wasn’t able to work anymore. Brain injuries are never as simple as television and movies make them out to be, and I don’t want to gloss over it. The reality is, it takes a long time and a lot of effort to find the new “normal” and we’ve done that. Not being able to work was the first step to building a new life.

Our two oldest children got married and started families, then our two youngest were out of high school and onto college. We thought life was about to get a lot simpler, but we couldn’t have been more wrong. After struggling for a long time to keep things going, we finally had to give up the family business.

So, recap: The children are all adults, I can’t work, and my husband, Charlie, needs to find new employment. Oh, yeah, and because of the employment issues, we’re now losing the house, too.

The amazing thing to me is that at no point did we panic or freak out. We took a good look at our situation and pulled out a map. We realized this wasn’t “losing” everything, this was our chance to change everything! Yes, things were going to be very different, and we decided we were really OK with that.