Spark of Hope #90 – Renaming the Sandwich Generation

Spark of Hope #90 – I started hearing about the “sandwich generation” a few years back. By definition, it embodies people who are caring for their aging parents while supporting their own children. Syndicated columnist Carol Abaya defines three categories of sandwiches: Traditional Sandwiched are those I already noted; Club Sandwiched are the 50 and 60-year old’s with aging parents, adult children and grandchildren in the mix; Open Faced Sandwiched includes anyone involved in elder care. I’m not sure I like any of the “sandwiches.” After all, when I think of a sandwich it seems synonymous with being caught between (2 slices!), smothered (mayo or mustard!), trapped (beneath layers of stuff!), and unable to move (jaws moving in!). I propose a brighter side —  a different name — for the generation of adult children parenting their parents: The Pretzel Generation. A soft pretzel is flexible, overlapping, pliable, and it contains salt (of life!). To me, that image portrays one of empowerment, opportunity, and hope. Now, that sure makes Huge Outcomes more Possible Everyday, doesn’t it? 😉

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Hope is like a spark; if the conditions are right, it can spread like wildfire. Hope feeds the soul, ignites passion, and inspires others. Tucked inside each of us is a child-like spark that says: never forget to dream, play and imagine. HOPE is the extraordinary spark that says Huge Outcomes are Possible Everyday!

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