Moving-in With Grandpa And The Waltons, part I

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.

The Waltons
The Waltons (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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;
  • Allergies;
  • 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?




2 thoughts on “Moving-in With Grandpa And The Waltons, part I

  1. Over the years, I had the care of my invalid mother until she passed, and then more recently, my autistic, elderly uncle, who came into my sphere when my father died. This was in my home, though, not his.

    My single advice to you, is to keep things as simple as possible. Meaning, if you are cooking and cleaning, and driving, etc. . .try to find any possible means to shortcuts. For example, for the feeding of my family, plus the older person, while home schooling!!!! – I used as many kitchen quickies as I could – like frozen meatballs in jarred spaghetti sauce in the crock pot. Stick to a number of laundry loads so that you don’t get behind. Back then I had to do six every single day, and run the dishwasher 5 times a day. Put your kids to work, pray, and love your grandpa and be grateful you still have him. Caring for an invalid is incredible, and humbling. Thank you, Jesus.

    1. That is one of my problems: I am home-schooling and we have multiple allergies(antibiotics, gluten, wheat, dairy, soy and fructose malabsorbtion). I must cook from scratch because we cannot afford to buy this kind of food semi-prepared. However, I do feel grateful for having Dad in my life!

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