My cousin Linda recently asked me why this blog is called The Sandwich Life. I started this so long ago...I forget that it's not obvious anymore.... When I began writing here back in 2006 I was in the midst of feeling the overload of being layered between young kids and elderly parents. The boys were only 4 and 6 and my folks were well along, my mother with a lot of health issues and my father in the beginning stages of Alzheimer's. Juggling the two was a bit of a challenge. Ernie was just finishing his first round of treatment for cancer and I was in a poisonous job. Needless to say, I felt squished between many layers.
It's almost hard to imagine now. Sometimes I go back and read and shake my head. And of course it wasn't long after all that that my sister Judi was diagnosed with bile duct cancer and it was a year and a half of traveling back and forth to South Carolina to her before moving her into our home. It was a time of a lot of pressure and many layers. Judi used to joke about the fact that the 'sandwich generation' was something of a myth---in that most people's kids are older by the time they are dealing with elderly parents. She would laughingly hold us up as an example in her classes though. That's what we got for having kids later in life!
My life is not really a sandwich any more but I will always identify with that. When we began, rather unwittingly, to do house concerts, one of the bookers needed a name for the series, and since I had written about the artist on my blog he said, "I'll just call it Sandwich Life House Concerts."
And here we are.
Speaking of house concerts everybody...don't forget about our beloved Phil Lee. Next Saturday----and with a new album in hand!!! Woo-hoooo!