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do I want to be a burden?

I got a lot of that burden nonsense from my parents during their decline. To Mom my one-word response was "diapers." She was known far and wide for recalling that her babies never had a rash. With Dad it was "college." They paid for everything my scholarship didn't, and I graduated with more money in the bank than they had. That said, of course you don't want to be a burden. That's why we make plans we hope we'll never have to implement.

My one caution on behalf of your children is that you periodically realistically assess your ability to stay where you are a year in the future. LD notes that she's seeing some physical changes. I hope you'll be one of the lucky ones, like my grandmother, who roll along great until they wake up dead. But if time takes a toll you'll do yourself and your children a great service by facing the fact and making the best lemonade you can.

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