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In April 2020, just a month or so into the pandemic, my mother-in-law, Truus, had a brain haemorrhage, starting a trail of events that led my wife and I to move to Heerlen in the Netherlands to help look after her now that she is disabled. The pic above is of Truus and I.
Luckily, my relationship with Truus bucks all the classic mother-in-law jokes; we get on marvellously, which is good because we’ve been living together in a one-bedroom flat for the last 4 months ;0)
My wife and I bought a flat nearby, which we have been decorating for when we eventually move in. That’s where we work during the day before heading back to Truus’ place in the evening and sleeping on the sofa bed.
Living together helps us to help Truus with the things she can no longer do easily such as cooking and cleaning. But more importantly, perhaps…