We had a family reunion of sorts this evening; all but the oldest gathered together for dinner. Middle daughter, accompanied by spouse and our precious 9-month old grandson. Youngest daughter visiting during Spring Break. And or course, our 14YO son, who still lives at home.
At the moment, I'm home alone, sipping wine and trying to unwind. Our son went to spend the night with youngest daughter at her home-away-from-home...where she went to live when she moved out on the eve of her 18th birthday. Hubby is giving middle daughter, SIL and g-son a ride to the MIL's 1 bedroom apartment, where md, SIL and g-son live.
My nerves are about shot. Mostly from the effort needed to keep my mouth shut without clenching my jaw. For instance, Hubby mentioned that he wants to put an island into the kitchen. MD says "Don't do that! You should be giving $ to your g-son so we have $ to buy food." She's not working, but SIL is working...almost full-time. Or like when she told us we should quit being hard on our youngest.
Middle daughter is at the age where she knows much more about parenting than we do and is giving us advice. Hubby engaged, I ignored. So much more fun to coo with the g-son than to debate parenting techniques with a know-it-all 20YO.
But it got me thinking about perspective and I decided today's image for "Blueprint Madness" should be a reflection on perspective.