“Children should not bear the burden of unfinished grudges”

Every day, I read what journalists around the world are reporting about grandparents and their families. Here are some stories that gripped me recently.

It’s summer, the season for grandparents

“It’s summer, which is that time of year when so many grandparents long to see the children they love no matter what,” writes Connie Schultz, a grandmother and journalist in Ohio. “No matter who is divorcing. No matter who brought them into the world. No matter who is angry with whom.”

“Children should not bear the burden of unfinished grudges. This is especially true now, when the briefest snippet of overheard news via TV or radio can make a child believe the world has lost its collective mind.”

“I’m not saying grandparents are perfect or that we’re even someone you’d choose for neighbors. But we are in this for your children. For so many of us, the moment we become grandparents … something changes in us.”

“Your children become the center of our universe. Shouldn’t they know that? Shouldn’t all children, everywhere, get to feel that way at least once in their lives?”

Creators Syndicate • June 29, 2016

Three friends celebrate their 100th birthdays together, while remembering a fourth

Three women who’ve been best friends since the end of World War I celebrated their 100th birthdays together earlier this month at Zion Baptist Church in Washington, D.C.

As girls, they played hopscotch and roller-skated together; later, they helped raise one another’s children.

These days, the friends, all widows, talk on the phone almost daily and meet up every Sunday at church.

The Washington Post • June 18, 2016

Three generations join great-grandmother for her seventh 5K

Dina DeVoe, 90, wasn’t thrilled with her finishing time at a 5K race this weekend in Salem, Oregon, but she says she’ll do better next time.

DeVoe ran the race with her son, her 40-year-old granddaughter, and her 16-year-old great-grandson.

Another great-grandson met her at the finish line with a bouquet of freshly picked wildflowers.

Statesman Journal • July 23, 2016