Welcome to And So This Is 50, a home for people who, like me, are navigating the new and exciting, often treacherous waters of mid-life. I am Lynn Soukup (pronounced Soak-up) and I will be your cruise director.
Feel free to come on in and look around for answers to questions like:
- How am I supposed to put on mascara when I can’t see without my reading glasses?
- What the heck is happening to my neck skin?
- What was I walking into this room to get?
- What are some cool nicknames for Grandma?
- What purpose does my life have now that my kids are grown?
Well, I didn’t say you would necessarily find the answers here, I’m not Dr. Phil. I do think you will find some kindred spirits, understanding, ideas, hope, laughter, and wisdom.
Key players in these stories and meanderings are:
- Mike. He’s my guy. My husband. He lives in Texas while I reside in Colorado, so that adds a twist to things.
- Jolie. She’s my 16- year- old daughter, a senior in high school. Soon to be gone, grown, moved out, leaving her mother alone and heart-broken. I mean, not really. I do think I’m handling this all relatively well, because I’ve had some practice.
- Carson. He’s my 22- year-old son who was the original heart-breaker, leaving me 4 years ago to be a grown-up and do really cool things. Mostly without me, his heart-broken (but not really because I’m so damn proud!) mom. I did cry every single day of his senior year. “This is his last first day of school!” “Oh, my gosh, how many more times will I have to tell you to put your stinky socks away…. Not enough!” That might have been a little over-the-top.
- Michael. He’s also my 22-year-old son who came with my husband. He’s a bit of a loner, so you might not hear much about him. I am crazy proud of how independent he has become and, even though I’d love for him to come over more often, I understand that just because he lives in town does not mean he’s not living his very own life.
- Chelsi. Daughter #2 who is 24 years old and came into our family when she was 19 and had the most beautiful baby ever. (I’ll talk about him next.) This girl is amazing and adds so much to our family!
- Rian. I am trying to call him my grandkid, because for all intents and purposes, he is. It’s just that I still don’t feel old enough to be a grandparent. But I love him like a grandchild, treat him like a grandchild, so there it is. 50 years old and grand-parenting! Been doin’ it for years…
- Poppy and Kinu are our dogs. We have a cat, Jack, and two kittens, Poussey and Lolly. (Yes, I’m a big OITNB fan.)
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