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From: Are YOU a Long Distance Grandparent?

Roxie01966

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Source: Are YOU a Long Distance Grandparent?

Every time I see this topic Are You a Long distance Grandparent ? I am tempted to write but for some reason I don't get to it. My heart breaks for those who are far from their grandchildren, I know it is hard. I am fortunate as mine are pretty close by. My son is a about a half hour away and my daughter an hour and a half. We are close but I know people who live even closer in proximity and are not "close" to their grand kids for so many reasons. The relationship is definitely not all about the miles that separate us I think. My own grand-parents lived very far from us. We saw them for a few days at Christmas time and maybe a few days in the summer. (depending where they were living at the time) We did not have the means to travel nor did they but never the less we were VERY close to them. Long before Skype, Face Time, e-mail and internet there were letter writing, packages and phone calls; that is what we had. My grandmother especially nurtured our relationship with her. She was "famous" for the birthday boxes that she sent us. So often we would be surprised by an unexpected package, card or letter. My mother encouraged us to write regularly to them, keeping them informed of any and all areas of our lives. I recall proudly telling them of my good report card and happily receiving a card with a dollar in it a few days later. (that was a long time ago and we were happy to have the dollar ) We grew to love them "long distance". As we got older and they grew elderly we were able to bridge the distance gap and when my grandfather died my grandmother came to live with us. We were still close, but not because she lived with us but because there had been a loving foundation built for us to stand on.

blogentry-174527-0-12218100-1384040760_t That's me standing in the front of my siblings and my grandmother. My youngest brother had not been born yet.


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RoseRed135

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I've read this post of yours, Roxie, both here and in the Grandparenting From Afar forum. And both times, it really touched me. Beautiful!

 

Also, love the photo! And I see you come from a big family! How lovely!

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Roxie01966

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Thank you. Yes I am from a big family that gets bigger by the minute. My mother has 32 great grand children and 1 great great grand child. Lol

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Gigigibson

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I will be a grandma in February, the kids lived 15 minutes away now the are moving an hour and a half. It changes everything. I am heartbroken

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Roxie01966

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Oh I'm sorry. My daughter lives an hour and a half away too. It does change things. We have found parks, malls and things to to half was between and try to meet up. Stopping by for a chat and a quick cup of coffee are now out of the question. Lasr summer they rented a place across the street from us for two weeks.....so fun but gone too quickly. we both work so it takes effort now from both of us to see each other... :(

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imback

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I lived within walking distance of my Grandmother. I don't care for this mobile world we live in; I prefer the good old days when families and friends stayed put.

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