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Mary is the co-author of The Grandparent Connection: 365 Ways to Connect With Your Grandchild's Heart.
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Co-author of The Grandparent Connection: 365 Ways to Connect With Your Grandchild's Heart

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Saying goodbye is not easy

Tuesday's Grand Connection Thought

It's hard to believe that another Christmas has come and gone and a new year has begun.  After spending time connecting with family, many grandparents find themselves, once again, separated by the miles.

A friend describes below how hard it was for his son to part from his grandmother as she prepared to board a plane:

When it was time to go our separate ways, our son began to quietly cry very sincere tears, begging to continue on with his grandma, asking “Why does she have to leave?” It broke our hearts! I really don’t know how Mom endured it. It had to have been brutal for her. We finally persuaded him that it was necessary to part, and began the journey to our separate gates. At this point he twisted the knife already firmly planted in her heart by walking backwards for the entire length of the airport (in what must be the LONGEST airport hallway in the country), waving to her until she was completely out of sight, sniffling softly the entire time. A classic memory indeed!

My guess is that this little boy was not the only one crying.

Although we are fortunate to be living in an age of cell phones and e-mail, it's still hard to say goodbye to grandchildren who live across the miles! Have you experienced this yourself?

Have a great week,

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