Yeah. You read it right. We are moving-in with Grandpa.
It’s been discussed for the last several years and it’s still very hard to plan and accomplish a seamless intertwining of our two households.
What am I talking about?
I cannot even fathom, let alone accomplish, this monumental task!
Our daughter is excited to move to the “farm” as she calls Grandpa’s one acre lot in the suburbs. Her idea of a multi-generational household is shaped by the Waltons. The TV family from long ago.
To make it crystal clear: we are not the Waltons. Nope. There are no
directors, actors or scripts with neat answers within the hour. So, we
are free to make our own mistakes, learn, live and, hopefully, love each other more.
There are several questions we MUST answer before the MOVE-IN DAY:
- Hearing loss;
- Personal versus family time;
- Household chores;
- Available space.
I grew up knowing and loving my grandparents. And I lived in their houses for some part of my summer vacations. That is: I was their guest and not a permanent member of the household.
This is a brand-new enterprise I would love to navigate successfully for all of our sakes.
Do you have any experience living in a multi-generational household. What lessons can you share with someone at the beginning of this journey?