As I said, we are retiring and have moved to be close to grandchildren. The thing is, virtually everyone I know in my generation who has retired or who is planning to retire is doing the same thing.
My parents didn’t move to be closer to us when they retired. They remained the family anchors, and during the holidays it was over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house we go. And they were certainly good grandparents.
Is moving to be nearer one’s adult children and grandchildren a trend, or just my limited sampling and personal experience? If it’s a new trend, how do you account for it? I’ll offer some of my theories after the jump. [Read more...]
’tis our fast intent
To shake all cares and business from our age,
Conferring them on younger strengths while we
Unburden’d crawl toward death.
(Shakespeare, King Lear, Act I. scene 1. lines 38-41)
Have any greater lines ever been written about retirement? OK, it didn’t work out very well for King Lear. I’m hoping that it will work out better for me. Like Lear, I have two daughters that I hope to spend more time with. I’m hoping they won’t turn me out into the storm, though I’ll be moving to a land of thunderstorms. Unlike Lear, I have a wife who is good company and a whole passel of grandchildren.
My daughter, Dcs. Mary Moerbe, has published another children’s book: Whisper, Whisper: Learning about Church. It teaches children, aged 4 and younger, what is going on in the worship service (with special reference to the liturgy) and helps them participate in it.
The book uses a rhyming text for the children and wonderful art by Martha Aviles, but it also has commentary and sidebars giving tips for parents. You can “look inside” the book at the Amazon link. More details after the jump.
This is a quite brilliant and helpful work, and I say that not just because it’s written by my daughter. The tendency is often to kick children out of church–whether in a nursery or some kind of “children’s church”–and then we wonder why they don’t attend when they are older. Our children are children of God, and they can learn to worship Him at a very young age, building habits and behaviors that will be a foundation for the rest of their lives. [Read more...]
Do you have little kids who squirm and whine and have no idea what is going on in church? Then you need the new book by my daughter, Deaconness Mary Moerbe, entitled Whisper, Whisper: Learning About Church.
It’s a children’s book, with wonderful illustrations by Martha Aviles and a charming rhyming text. But it also includes suggestions in the margins for how parents can help their children take part in the Divine Service.
Hers came out the same day mine did, which makes me very proud. More about her book after the jump. [Read more...]