What I really think: the Long Distance Grandma

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Posted by: Newswalle

Some of my friends complain that their grandchildren live in another city. When I say, the only son of my only daughter lives in the U.S. to pity eyes are at first, but always happy and say, "But you know use Skype?" or sometimes, "Well, Australia could be." Or to hear that my son's family lives in New Jersey, "Oh, well, that's not too hard to find." There are those who also tactless, complain about the burden of the kangaroo.

None of my friends feel the desolation I feel to see only once or twice a year to my only grandchild. Never had adaughter so that his birth was even more special. But, friends feel good, I say, "Yes, your mother presents pictures on Facebook all the time She's wonderful.". But it is surrounded by a large family of all Americans, with a beautiful American grandmother, who lives in the same street. She has not grown up with our hugs, pulled her hair and played our bedtime stories. We will never be "family" to her?

I have a full and creative life in England I can not carry New Jersey, and I am heartbroken – so much so that I sometimes insensitive, just to get on with life. Sometimes I do not have me. I stop sending things. I need to allow friends not only my pain, but to help creative concerns me away with my family, and even reminding me of what I offer as a grandmother.

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