From Chicken Soup for the Soul Daily Inspirations for Women

March 21

I’ve never lived alone until now. At 70-plus, I am in complete charge of my home, my cat, my car and myself.

I have learned that lunch can occur anywhere from 11:00 A.M. to 2:30 P.M., and dinner anytime from 4:30 to 10:00 P.M. I can eat fully dressed or in my pajamas and socks.

Bedtime is another adjustment, although I haven’t moved to the center of the bed since my cat prefers the right side. But if I awaken in the night, I can read or view a movie without disturbing anyone.

I have to admit there are some negative aspects to living alone, such as eating the same meal two or three times until the leftovers are gone, or having to remove the dead bird from the dryer vent myself.

And, I have, in fact, established a new identity—not daughter, wife, mother or grandmother, but a separate person in my own right—ME—still a work in progress.

Louise Hamm

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