All grandparents have strengths and experiences to share with their descendants, but personal contact is not always easy due to distance. My grandparents lived near us, but five of my seven grandchildren are far from me. I had to learn to communicate through text messages rather than in person or on the phone. Most of the trips for face-to-face meetings are left for me to do because everyone is always so busy.
But every opportunity to interact with my grandchildren is a wonderful gift! It could mean sharing a conversation like a walk when they are on the way to pick something up. Sometimes it means sending a link to something that they have told me that they are interested in. Maybe buying a plane ticket or filling up the tank and driving home is the best option. Bowling (having not done it since 1969) is a way of connecting and laughing together. Or upload old photos to the family tree!
Today my eighteen-year-old grandson was texting me about his new cement job at Kindersley that has taken him away from home for a fifteen-day shift in a row. I learned what a hell cat is (the Dodge Challenger car) and the fact that this is its goal!
Another grandson just sent a “Who is it?” I guess I sent you the wrong message. Oh well, grandparents make mistakes too!
It’s easy to say “I’ll have to do that.” Maybe you can’t. Remember: life is short!
Time to get in touch with someone you care about today!