Last week, I profiled a retired educator in Cleveland who wishes she got more time with her seven grandchildren, none of whom lives anywhere near her.
On Facebook, many of you empathized.
“I am definitely in her shoes to some extent,” said Sheryl Camp of Rolla, Mo. “My daughter and son-in-law live in Ireland. I was there for the birth of my first grandchild, but had some issues that prevented my seeing them last year. I am headed back this summer.”
Sheryl’s granddaughter, Chloe, is now 16 months old.
“We use Skype. It isn’t the same, but it’s all I have.”
“I’m grateful they seem well and my granddaughter is healthy and happy and loved. She has grandparents around the corner. I guess I’ll be the mysterious one on another continent.”
Another reader who found herself an ocean apart from her first grandchild managed to rectify the situation.
Judith Inge and her husband, Jim, are both from Kentucky, but as a young couple they moved to England, where she worked as a nurse, he was a school guidance counselor, and they raised three boys. But their sons all settled in Louisville once they were grown.
Nine years ago, Judith and Jim’s first grandchild, Graham, was born. Not long afterwards, the couple decided to retire from their jobs in England and return to Kentucky.
“Louisville was too large a city for me, so we chose to live near Owensboro, Kentucky, where my parents, my brothers, and my husband’s sister live,” wrote Judith. Around that time, Graham was joined by a sister, Ruby Faye, and three years ago their little brother, Breaker, was born.
“It’s a two-hour drive to Louisville and we keep a small condo there,” wrote Judith. “It’s just right. Close enough to have them down for the weekend (we meet in the middle and hand over the kids) but not so close as to feel put upon. We always get two hours notice!”
The kids are “just a little bit of trouble all together,” Judith wrote.
“They enjoy getting to come to us one or two at a time. They get special treatment from us (doting grandparents) and the one(s) left home get special one-on-one time from Mom and Dad for a change.”