So another relationship ended a couple of months ago and I am back to the wilds of dating life. This week I have my first first date in a couple of years and am of course contemplating how to juggle dating and caregiving for Mom.
I find myself staring at the question on the online dating site I frequent: “Would you date someone who still lives with his/her parents?” Answer– from every guy who appears like an interesting date for me: “No.”
And then there is the message from someone who thinks he is being creative by asking me what the movie about my life would be titled. I ponder whether I share one of my possible titles for my memoir about this whole caregiving journey. Not quite the plan?
At what point does one mention, by the way, I live with my mother with rapidly advancing dementia? Is this a topic for the first or second date, or the twentieth? Or even via email before the date if I share my honest answer to this man’s question? How will any of them react? The questions overwhelm me. I know and value the incredible life lessons caregiving has taught me but fear my choices make me a far too complicated woman in a pool of less complicated and of course younger women.
Even Google provides me with no answers. An internet search for dating and caregiving finds me various musings on dating for caregivers caring for spouses who explore dating on the side as their spouses’ conditions worsen. Complicated also, but nothing like what I am navigating. An article on Match.com only depresses me as it explains, ” 40 million people — most of them baby boomers — provide care to an aging parent.” It does however provide the helpful advice to manage my time wisely.
This does however give me a new idea for my memoir title: If only I was a baby boomer.