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My Feet and Liquid Vitamin C

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

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Please copyright this under my name and the Bettina Network’s name.  I don’t know why – it just strikes me as the thing to do for this blog.

I discovered Liquid Vitamin C a couple years ago and was excited to read your blog on using Liquid Vitamin C as a cosmetic.  It works beautifully.

My discovery was with my feet.  As I grow older, my feet grow uglier and have a tendency to puff up if I sit too long.  By accident almost, I massaged my feet with liquid vitamin C and put white socks on over the C.  I left them on and forgot what I had done, going about my daily life.

Imagine my surprise when I went to bed, took off my socks and found beautiful feet.  It was such a freeing feeling.  I felt great all day, but that was the real treat at the end of the day.

Since then I make it a part of my health regimen to massage my feet with Liquid Vitamin C after every bath and if I skip a day and don’t take a bath I still wash my feet, give them a liquid Vitamin C massage and put them in white cotton socks.  What a difference a small thing like that makes.  My first shock at seeing my feet come out of the white socks the first time I tried this was nothing compared to how much more beautiful my feet have become since I started doing this on a regular basis.  I could have had plastic surgery on my feet, which I was considering seriously because they looked so awful, but now I don’t have to do that.  It took quite a few months to achieve this result, but constancy gave me a good result.  If I had plastic surgery the recovery time would have been much longer – given the pain, inconvenience, adjustment and inability to walk for quite some time.  This way, I have beautiful feet and this whole process made me feel a lot better given the influence of the liquid C into my body on a daily basis coming from my feet.

Hope my experience benefits someone else.

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Olive Oil and Windows

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

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Ed. Note:  We had three letters from people who use the Bettina Network about the Olive Oil blog.  I have tried to combine them into one blog taking the different points made by each one so all the information from all three letters is contained herein.  Hopefully, I have been true to each persons points in their letter. They were responding to the blog we wrote on using Olive Oil to clean and polish your wood furniture.

 

“Thank you for your information on olive oil.  I have been using it for sometime now and have found it works beautifully on my windows.  I clean them once a year and when they’ve been cleaned, I rub all around the inside and outside of the windows with olive oil.  Thank goodness I found this in time because otherwise I was looking at replacing my windows, but I would only have gained about 20 years and either me or the next person would have had to change windows again.  That’s great for this throw away society, but not great for our middle-class pocket books.  I don’t mean to get political here, that is simply my observation and experience, please don’t take it out of context.”

 

Thank you for the blog on olive oil.  That is not the first one you have put in your Bettina Blog.  I followed through and started to clean my furniture with olive oil.  That worked so well I have been using olive oil on everything.  I splurge and use organic first cold pressed oilive oil.  I know that is kind of ridiculous and probably also extravagant, but it makes me feel better.  I hope you will write something about cleaning your windows with olive oil.  I have a hard time during the winter opening and closing my windows.  They worked very nicely when they were first installed about 12 years ago.  They are now very hard to deal with, so after reading the furniture blog and realizing windows are made of wood just like furniture, I cleaned my windows (with the help of the young man who cleans for me) and I was awed by the results.

 

He didn’t want to use the olive oil.  He thought it was going to make a mess whicdh he didn’t want to have to clean up.  So I gave him a choice – use olive oil and only olive oil or don’t work for me anymore.  Its my house and I call the shots here.

 

I have noticed the smell in the house has changed.  I’ve begun smelling my friends’ houses.  We are all clean freaks and have our houses cleaned once a week thoroughly.  What I thought was a great clean smell when you walked in the door is really the smell left behind by petroleum.  I didn’t recognize it as such because I had connected that with a clean house.  My mother used every new product that came on the market and I have followed her using more expensive products thinking I was really getting my house clean.  I wonder how much illness I have caused in my family by using those petroleum based products.

 

I firtst washed my windows all around with Mrs Meyers – I like her essential oils added to her all around household cleaner.  I especially like the smell of the geranium oil.  After I’ve washed the windows I use a rag with olive oil and go all over the windows again, especially using the olive oil rag on the inside of the windows and the grooves on the sides of the windows where the windows and storm windows go up and down.  I make sure those two “weep” holes at the bottom of the storm windows are open so water or condensed water vapor can drain to the outside.
When I finished with the olive oil treatment on the windows I closed them and had a cup of coffee wondering what had I just done and why!  It began to seem rather foolish to have done all of that wiping of olive oil into the wood.  I even used “OOOO Steel Wool” in a few places where the wood looked a bit dirty and then wiped the residue from the steel wool off with my olive oil rag.

 

The guy who works for me came to get me in the kitchen.  He was kind of excited and wanted me to see what happened.  I was amazed and so was he. He was delighted not to have to use rubber gloves to clean and what he was so excited about was the fact that the windows went up and down the way they did when they were new.  He didn’t expect that result and quite frankly, neither did I.  It is a side discovery that has solved a number of irritations about my windows.  When I saw how the inside and sides of the windows looked the next morning I was thrilled.  I was especially happy about the new smell in the house.  It was not a petroleum smell, but a nice, non-existent odor that would not hurt anyone.

 

I don’t know if you will use this or not, but even if you don’t I wanted you to know how grateful I am to have been pushed over the edge to giving up my harmful chemicals for something as simple and natural as olive oil.  Who would have thought it would produce a better result and solve more than one problem.  If I had cleaned my windows the way I normally do, the sticking and hard to move them up and down would have continued and worsened until I replaced them.  Now I have beautifully working windows, smooth hands and a good conscience.  Thanks Bettina!”

 

“I love the blog you wrote about using Olive Oil to clean.  I started with my furniture and have been cleaning everything with my olive oil.  I have two bottles – the organic, cold pressed which I keep in the kitchen for cooking and for salads and the bad kind which I keep in the basement for cleaning.  I used it most recently on my windows getting ready for winter and it worked so well I had to write and tell you about it. Thank you for the suggestion.

 

I especially like what it has done to my hands – working with no rubber gloves and my hands are truly beautiful and soft.  I think I am going to start a movement to seek out and get rid of every cleaning substance in my house which is petroleum based and then move on to my family, then my friends, then to just anybody who will listen to me.  I might even start my own blog on “cleaning with olive oil”.  I might not succeed since there are also petroleum derivative products which are hard to know about, but give me a year and I will be expert at it.  Hope you will publish my writings as I discover more and better ways to clean with substances which are good for me and thee health-wise.”

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Olive Oil and Shoes!

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

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What in the world would Olive Oil have in common with SHOES????  The two together sounds like the beginning of the end of the shoes and a grand mess to clean.

 

We had an interesting breakfast with a bed & breakfast guest sitting on the side sofa in the dining room, joining the conversation and cleaning his shoes!!!

 

Using normal kinds of shoe cleaning materials that could have been a smelly mess and interfere with breakfast, causing smells that would make most of us stop eating and leave the table.  This guest, however, came down for breakfast and asked if we had a bit of Olive Oil that he could have in a small saucer or cup or any kind of container.

 

We thought he was going to use the Olive Oil on his eggs or maybe he didn’t want butter on his toast and was going to use the Olive Oil on his toast so we gave him a saucer and put the bottle of Olive Oil on the table in case any other guest wanted to do the same.

 

This guest had a small rag with him which he dipped into the Olive Oil which he had poured into his saucer and sat on the side sofa and began to wipe his shoes all over with the rag full of Olive Oil.  Imagine the surprise around the table!  He very nonchalantly joined the conversation, which came to a halt when folks saw what he was doing.  He spent a little bit of time carefully wiping his shoes all over with the rag and at the end took his shoes into the bathroom and rinsed off the soles of his shoes.  Wow!  The only thing the rest of us had ever done was to take off our shoes and, if we weren’t too tired, put them in the closet.

 

His shoes looked spectacular.  He took them to his room and came back to join the group for breakfast.  The questions were all waiting for him.  Was he going to wear them that morning?  Wasn’t he afraid the Olive Oil would ruin the leather?  Why did he do this to his shoes?  Didn’t he use regular shoe polish to take care of what looked like very expensive shoes.

 

He said his mother made him do this when he was a kid growing up.  Every night before going to bed he had to clean and polish the shoes he had worn that day.  He rubbed them all over with Olive Oil – taking off any dust, etc. which might have collected during the day and would carefully rinse off the soles of his shoes so he didn’t keep in the house any debris tracked in from outside.  He didn’t want that kind of ‘dirt’ in his closet.  He then put his shoes in his closet overnight and let the Olive Oil soak in.  He didn’t wear his shoes out immediately when he cleaned them with Olive Oil, he wanted them to dry first, but he didn’t have Olive Oil with him and since he arrived late at night, didn’t want to bother anyone so he waited until morning to clean his shoes.  The airlines wouldn’t let him keep his little bottle of Olive Oil, so he had to give it up before boarding the plane.

 

Well, you can imagine what followed.  All but one of us poured Olive Oil into our coffee cups’ saucer and tried rubbing it on our shoes.  The results were great!  It was a hilarious time and I was converted. I have continued to use Olive Oil on my shoes and I have not been someone who cleans their shoes after each use -not even during a long shoe-lifetime of wearing.  When the shoes get too dirty – out they go into the trash.  Now, I will probably have shoes lasting close to forever from what I’ve experienced as a result of cleaning my shoes daily with Olive Oil.  The first time I tried this I put the shoes in the closet and took them out the next day to see the results.  I didn’t clean any ‘good’ shoes because I was a skeptic.  Wow! Those everyday shoes now look really great – as though I had them professionally shined and all I did was to rub them all over with a little bit of Olive Oil.

His mother trained him well.

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Press Release from Bettina Network, inc.

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Bettina Network, inc. is moving closer to its goal of becoming a community of people who are interested in sharing a simple, elegantly creative lifestyle.

As we expand the Bettina Network Commuity of people and services offered, we re-discover everyday that it is an elegant and very gracious lifestyle that allows one to build a personal and professional network with meaningful information to share and many ideas on living outside the overprocessed, overtechnologized society we all seem to be helping to build.

 

We are addressing how to live simply and minimize one’s footprint on this earth while not compromising comfort, convenience, graciousness  or elegance. How to live in a beautiful home with the house providing income to subsidize itself and with a constant stream of interesting people sharing our lives for a brief period of time, is how we started.

 

We are taking that concept along and adding more as many guests nudge us in the direction of a Movement.
The latest addition to this movement is Bettina Network Estate Sales. The estate sales part of the Bettina Network’s web site is up and will be added to and improved as time passes.

 

We hope you will give us your feedback on what you would like to see happen in this part of the Bettina Network.

 

Bettina Network Estate Sales will have “Moving Sales” ;”Total Estate Liquidations”; “Small Training Sales” – for our people, “Concert and Content Sales” and more. You will be able to go to the home or other site where the sale is being held and see what is for sale. Those in the Bettina Network Community are invited to the concerts and other small events which tie into and promote the sales and the artists.

 

The small everyday items will be there for you to purchase immediately and take with you. The rarer antique, art, music and other items will be on the Bettina Network Estate Sales web site for you to see and bid on for the duration of the sale. At the end, you may either pick up your items at the site or we will pack and ship them to you, – or,-  if you are going to eventually be in the town in which the sale is being held – we will store them for you at one of the bed & breakfast homes in the Bettina Network until you are able to pick up your purchases.

 

It is all great fun and the really exciting part of this is yet to come – stay tuned – or sign up for emails from Bettina’s to keep up to date on what’s happening.

 

To join the Bettina Network community you must have either stayed in a home in the Network; you must be a host family in the Bettina Network of bed & breakfast homes; or you must have used the Bettina Network, inc. to manage your estate or liquidation sale. Until that happens, we will communicate with you on LinkedIn and the various other places we network or you can read Bettina Networks’ Blog. We frequently add to the blog with all kinds of different information which we collect throughout the Network on what is happening in Bettina homes and other places in the Bettina Network – sometimes it is quite exciting. At all times, the blog entries are helpful to someone. It is an exchange of information to help you graciously and elegantly get through this life. ”

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Bettina Travel Tip

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

When using public transportation in the Greater Boston area, the blind (those who carry a cane or have a dog guide) ride public transit free of charge.

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High Blood Pressure!

Monday, September 12th, 2011

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“Hi everybody!

I am a new host family in the Bettina Network and this is my first blog.  I didn’t think anything would happen to make me want to write a blog.  I am a quiet, unassuming person and generally go about the business serving rather than joining in the conversation.

 

That has all changed now!

 

We had a guest who caused quite a lively conversation at breakfast and when everyone was served I couldn’t resist joining them.

 

She had high blood pressure and her medicine was out.  She was away from home and didn’t know how to get a refill.  So the table did every thing they could to help.  She was quite reticent about calling her doctor or her local pharmacist.  She didn’t want to bother them.  That is what made me join the table.  Someone as quiet and unassuming as I am, so I got a chance to see myself through someone else.  I am going to love this bed & breakfast business.

 

We tried to do what we could to help.  I was worried she would get sick in my home and then what – but that didn’t happen.

 

Everyone around the table had some remedy they put forth to help her bridge the gap until she returned home.  What a conversation.

 

The best suggestion came from a neighbor who came over to join us for breakfast.  He said he used Milk Thistle Seed about twice a year for about 30 days each time.  He took two Milk Thistle Seed capsules after dinner in the evenings and it made him “pee like a fire hose”.  Well, that broke the ice and when I stopped turning red, it was quite a time.

 

The next best suggestion was organic parsley.  So I put parsley on everything at breakfast – the scrambled eggs; I mashed parsley against a cup to bruise the leaves and filled the cup with water so she could have parsley tea.  She got the idea and went into the kitchen several times over the next few days and made parsley tea on her own.

 

Someone else suggested that old stand-by that I’ve always heard about – garlic.  Except in the Bettina Network it would have to be organic garlic – I learn fast.

 

I didn’t know what to do about that.  One can’t put garlic in scrambled eggs – or freshly baked bread – or muffins – or cinnamon buns – so I made the cheese spread that has been going around the Bettina Network as a great snack to give people when they arrive.  I believe it came from a golf club in Georgia with changes made by several of us.  I made it with three whole garlic bulbs.  The cheese in the spread, no doubt, counteracted any affect the garlic would have had, but it was enjoyed by all.”

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How Do You Keep Your Linens?

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

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A guest at a bed & breakfast in the Bettina Network wrote:

“I just left one of your homes and it was a fantastic experience.  I have become a Bettina Loyalist – hey, I coined something new and hope you use it, it can be payback to you for what I just learned during my visit.

 

I have beautiful linens from my grandmother which I used only once and when I used it, it became  hopelessly stained, by a friend who couldn’t eat without dropping food on the tablecloth.  Because of that and because I want to keep the linens she left me to pass on to my children I needede to know how to use them without causing damage and how to take care of them.

 

I’ve read everyplace and every tip.  The eye opener was my trip to a Bettina home ,just recently.  They had beautiful linens on the table with linen napkins which were exquisitely embroidered by somebody’s grandmother.  I was amazed that she was using such linens for us!!!!  Someone at the table spilled coffee all over the side of these hand embroidered, very old pieces.  I about had a fit.  I couldn’t believe that guest was so careless with something he will probably never again experience in his lifetime unless he stays at another Bettina home.

 

I hung around the kitchen all morning after breakfast because I wanted to know how they were going to handle those stains – and I was too embarrassed to ask.

 

No one was upset about the coffee spill except me.  If these were your usual hotel-type linens which are sent out to a cleaners and bleached, starched and ironed to within an inch of their lives – substantially shortening their life-span I would have thought nothing of it.  But these were very elegant hand made linens.

 

At first, I just hung out in the kitchen, too embarrassed to say I didn’t know how to take care of my grandmother’s linens so I didn’t use them.  When she took the linens up the back stairs it was just to much for me to hold back.  I went after her to see what she was going to do with the linens.  When she saw me following her I had to tell her why and we both laughed – thank goodness!

 

She put almost a cup of non-chlorine fabric bleach in a plastic pail full of water – the kind of pain you use to scrub floors.  She, apparently, only uses this plastic pail for her linens.  Then she put the linens in the pail of water – which was luke warm to my hands and let them sit.  She does this after every breakfast – so when she does the wash for the day – a couple hours later – the linens get dumped in the washing machine on ‘hand wash’ cycle and cold water and washed.  Simple.  But then what?

 

Well, if I didn’t have time or want to do the wash that soon or didn’t have those regular habits and times for doing the wash,  then her advice was to just wash the linens whenever I did have time – the next day is not a problem, but she cautioned me not to wait much longer than that.  She did say she had a friend who uses her home for bed and breakfast guests who sometimes lets her tablecloths stay in the water and bleach for a couple days because she isn’t that organized to be able to do it just a couple hours after breakfast.

 

She puts her linens on a hanger in her laundry room to dry because she doesn’t like to use the dryer when it isn’t necessary.  That’s unusual!

 

Once dry, she irons her linens and rolls them on a roller which she gets from rug stores.  They have the large rollers which carpets come on and these stores throw them out periodically so she keeps a supply in her basement for new additions to her linen wardrobe.  Before she rolls the linens she has old sheets she puts on the roller and then rolls the linens over the sheets.  Her linen storage closet is impressive!

 

It all sounds complicated and time consuming, but I went home and tried it with the stained tablecloth I was grieving over from my grandmother.  It was quite dry from the dinner of several weeks ago and very clearly stained – and I thought forever.  I should have been listening and watching when I was little to see how my grandmother kept these linens so beautifully – but I wasn’t.

I soaked it, per my host family’s instructions, left it overnight – put it in the washing machine with a couple other things the next day and then into the dryer.  (I felt really guilty using the dryer after my stay at that Bettina home, but bad habits are hard to break – especially when convenience is an issue).

 

When the linens dried and were ironed, I rolled the tablecloth on one roller and the napkins on another – she doesn’t roll her napkins on rollers, this was strictly my own contribution.  They came out beautifully.  The stains are gone. I used another one of my grandmother’s beautiful handmade linens last night because we had a dinner party  with special friends.  Eveyrone ooohhed and aaaahed over the table cloth and worried that they would stain it.  I was very nonchalant and advised that they should relax and enjoy their meal.  If they spilled on the cloth – no problem – I could take care of it easily.

 

It was a really enjoyable evening.  I was relaxed and not hyper about what my dinner guests might do to my grandmother’s table cloth and my husband was amazed because he knew how hyper I had been in the past about using these linens.

 

After dinner, when we cleared the table, I took the tablecloth and napkins downstairs to the washing area, put them in the plastic pain  with the all fabric bleach I bought for the occasion, – after looking long and hard for just the right one – went upstairs and enjoyed the rest of the meal.

 

Thanks folks! One never knows where the next little bit of enlightenment to help us live an easier and elegant life will come from.  This time from your Network and I really appreciate the discovery.

 

This might sound trivial to all of you who are still using those plastic placemats, but when you decide that way of eating is no longer satisfactory, come back to this lesson and move up in the world:)

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Post Office Failing?

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

comment received from a Bettina Network bed & breakfast guest about the blog “Why the Post Office is Failing?

“Thank you for that blog.  Really, one truly never knows what will appear on your blog.

 

I was delighted to see this topic because it has to do with one of my pet peeves – the technology people, the computer programmers and others in that same area use their technology knowledge and assume it is everything.  So what is happening here is the tech area telling the rest of us how we now have to do business.  Technology is a staff function.  It supports the rest.  It has become the only function in charge with everything else taking a secondary seat and sometimes supporting, but most times just pushed out of the way as though generations of experience don’t matter, only the increasing tech takeover of everything in this society.

 

I’ve seen many places where this is true.  This post office box thing is indicative of how the tech area will change the rest of society and not always for the better.  In fact, most times it is for the worst.

You don’t have to be a business to have run into this problem.  My personal address is a post office box number because I  travel a lot.  I don’t want mail accumulating outside my door when I am gone and I don’t want to put a stop on my mail at the post office so my brilliant alternative was to have a P. O. Box.  I can pick up my mail when I am in town and no problems.  However, I am having the same problem – I can’t get a lot of things on line because of my Post Office Box.  My co-worker also travels and has a post office box with  xxxxxxxxxxx (Editor’s wipe out).  She has no problems because her post office box has a street address and suite number.  I didn’t follow her example because it costs more and I couldn’t justify the extra expense.  If this becomes more common, as it seems to be on that path, the Post Office will suffer declines in income from this part of their service.

 

Keep up the good work.  Root out all of the problems – then its up to the rest of us to fix them.  Hopefully, we will not be too lethargic to address this problem and others.  All it takes is many, many people protesting to change this.”

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Why the Post Office is Failing!

Monday, September 5th, 2011

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What a discussion and why I love bed & breakfast.

We talked at this breakfast about something I didn’t realize —-

Many businesses have a corporate address as a post office box. Technology groups – ie Google, etc. will not accept an account if the address is a post office box, even though that is the address your company has used forever.  So the post office has problems because private companies which offer post office boxes are much more in demand by corporations because they offer a street address and suite number. The street address is the physical address of the box provider and the suite number is what would be the old traditional P. O. Box Number.

That is acceptable to groups on the web as a bona fide address whereas the United States P. O. Box number is not.

The private groups charge more than  the post office, but if you need a street address you pay the premium.

Apparently, according to this discussion which went around the table, that is one thing taking away income from the United States Post Offices.

Isn’t it amazing the little tid bits that surface at a bed & breakfast.

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The Trek from Home to School 2011

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

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“It is that time of year when the exodus starts – from home to school; from what is known culturally, socially, economically, food-wise and more to something new.  It is the Exodus from, not the biblical-type Exodus to.  For some of us that biblical Exodus will never happen.  For the lucky few, that biblical-type Exodus back will be a life-fulfilling time. Having resided in those hallowed halls, the biblical-type Exodus brings a handful back home.

For others, – the unsuspecting, the innocent, the thoughtless, – friends are left behind;  relatives are left behind; old institutions which formed a comfort level for most of us are left behind and even our identities are shed and strip-searched.  Everything is ripe for forming new attachments, new loyalties, new cultural mores, food habits, clothes styles, friends, and we attach ourselves to new institutions. Most poignantly we adopt new identities without even being aware of that process happening.  We feel the pain of the change, but because this is all such an integral part of the society in which we live and because this has all been pictured to us in ways which remove our defenses and understandings, we simply feel the discomfort, the frustration, the confusion that comes from putting in place our new identities.  At one time in history these many would have been called the strivers.  They are the ones who will succeed beyond their own and anyone else’s expectations because they have that something which brought them out of their own to this new territory without incident, question or immediate guilt.

And yes, what arrives for all in this process is the guilt.  A new kind of guilt which will neither surface nor grow for at least a decade.  A slowly developing guilt from actions that, to those of us in this process – in our late teens to mid-twenties – has nothing to do with guilt, but is simply life moving ahead.

In this re-ordering process, the new identity is what will be most troublesome over the next several decades.  If we are not upper-middle class Northern European we will re-order our family relationships drastically.  To move ahead in this ’new’ society we must cut off and keep family at arms length.  They will expose our background, our class, the economic base from which we’ve come and more.  The exceptions who are used to disprove the rule, are allowed to move ahead and keep family and there are not many of them.  They can discretely keep some family around.  The others have to move away from family.  Find fault with them, keep them at arms length because whatever is wrong is their fault so they will not walk into this beautiful – though painful – place with us.”

Ed. Note:  This is a small excerpt from a letter we received from a former guest.  He had been part of a conversation around the breakfast table in one of the bed & breakfast homes in the Bettina Network, inc. when parents were bringing their children to college and he was doing the same thing.  The conversation from a couple older parents, who are now grandparents was about how they missed their children who were “busy”, had very little time to ‘come home’ and from whom they heard very seldom.

Over the years he has stayed in other homes in the Bettina Network, inc., was a part of conversations with parents who had effectively been ignored by their children for decades and he was beginning to experience the same thing.

We have not put the entire letter in this blog because it is very painful to read and revealed a lot of information personal to the guest.  We don’t know your experience, but over the years this certainly parallels many conversations we’ve had with parents as their children left home for school and the years that followed cut them almost totally out of their children and grandchildren’s lives.

The end of his letter follows:

“What is most painful about having packed up my children several years ago – one at a time – and brought them to college – and then to watch them grow away from all of us is the thought that this is what I did to my parents.  Without even a thought; not realizing the pain it must have caused them.  I became part of the prior generation – leaving home – establishing a very successful career – and looking back today on my childhood and family, which I miss terribly, but can’t replace or even belatedly go back to visit because they are all dead.  I did everything I was raised to do – finished college, established a business and now am living comfortably several steps above where my family lived financially and class-wise.  But in the end, when I look back, what I wanted and expected was to finish college, go home and move ahead with my life in the context of family – my family.  To have grown and maintained my original identity was my goal, although not put in those terms as a young person.  That was taken away from me without either my knowledge or consent.  How did that happen?  Is this how a multi-national economy is formed, grown, expanded?  Was I fodder for that process and are my children the new fodder needed for this to continue?  I don’t think I even like the new identity I put in its place.”

We hope it is not your experience, but we add it to Bettina’s Blog because the guest sent it for the blog and because we think it is illuminating to life today.  Your comments are welcome.

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