Magazine article AMLE Magazine

Handling Change

Magazine article AMLE Magazine

Handling Change

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My 84-year-old mom moved across the country just before Thanksgiving. She packed up the house in New Mexico she'd lived in for 17 years, said good bye to her friends and neighbors, settled herself and her dog in her car and set offfor Virginia-to a house she'd never seen (she trusted us to find her one) in a city she hadn't visited in 30 years.

Of course I am thrilled to have her 30 miles from me rather than 2,000, but wondered why, at her age, she decided to make such a drastic change. So I asked her. "It's the right time," she said. "I've moved many times in my life, and I've always looked forward to the chance to explore someplace new." And the morning after she arrived in her new house (which, thankfully, she loves), she snapped the leash on her dog's collar and offthey went to explore the neighborhood.

Whether you look forward to change, as my mom does, or face it kicking and screaming, it's part of life. It's an especially big part of the lives of young adolescents, who are dealing with emotional, physical, and social changes on what seems like a daily basis. …

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