The Buzz: Articles that made me think this weekJanuary 6, 2018
Darlings, this week I have come across so many articles that I would like your opinion on. Therefore, I’m going to be asking a lot of questions in “The Buzz.” Two friends shared some interesting articles with me on aging. The first was on heirlooms and handing down valuable items to your children.
It is expected that as baby boomers age and downsize their children will not want their heirlooms. The New York Times did a piece titled “Aging Parents With Lots of Stuff, and Children Who Don’t Want It” in August and it was fascinating. Parents are having a hard time getting their children interested in taking their china, crystal, and silverware as they are downsizing. I have several cherished family heirlooms and I have given things away to my own family. If you have downsized were there family heirlooms that you couldn’t part with or did you have a hard time convincing your children to take them? What did you do with it?
The second article a friend shared was an opinion piece in the Washington Post “In search of a word that won’t offend ‘old’ people.” It was written by a professor of psychology at Stanford. It made the point that people in their 60s, 70s, and 80s don’t feel “old” so they don’t associate the word “old” with themselves and it makes having a conversation about aging a challenge. She wrote: “We need a term that aging people can embrace.” It got me thinking “What words do I like to refer to myself and my age with?” I love “grande dame.” So as women of a certain age what do you like to be called? The author comes to the conclusion that she likes the term “perennials.” How do you feel about that?
The new year is a great time to reflect on old habits and see if it’s time for a change a routine. One thing that I don’t think I could part with is my quiet mornings. I like to take time to think with my cup of coffee and it turns out I am not the only one! Oprah told Vogue that quiet “me” time in both the morning and the evening are key to a better life. She takes 20 minutes in the morning and the evening for just herself.
And finally, in the Huffington Post I read about something I had honestly never heard of before: Baby showers for grandparents! It turns out friends and loved ones sometimes through new grandmothers baby showers and gift them with essentials they will need when the baby is at their home. I love celebrations, but I’m not sure how to feel about this one, and it turns out it has been quite hotly debated in etiquette circles for several years. Read the story and tell me what you think!