By Graham D. Rowles
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My own encounter occurred this year, on the road after taking my daughter to college and myself part way back again. A chartered bus load of "senior citizens" on tour pulled off the turnpike just when we did, and my husband and I found ourselves surrounded in the cafeteria line by old women—there were very few surviving husbands. It was a grim memento mon for me; I know that most of this country's old people are women, that statistical probability makes widowhood normative; that indeed, there, but for a few decades, go I.
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These interact for the parents of adolescent children: In middle age, the dependency of infancy and the autonomy of young adulthood, which have long since matured into responsibility for others, the oedipal passions, which have matured into genital love and the nurture of the next generation, and the infantile narcissism, which has been reinvested in the children, all undergo a swift obsolescence in middle age. For family development involves more than the parents: The developmental tasks faced by the adolescent children ensure that whatever stability the middle-aged parent has achieved will be very short-lived.
Aging and Milieu. Environmental Perspectives on Growing Old by Graham D. Rowles