Hi My name is Cindy and I’m a long distance grandma!
I have 4 grandkiddos – 2 in California and 2 in Nova Scotia, Canada. I’ve always been a LDG, so I know nothing else. Hugs, kisses and cuddles are infrequent and birthday parties, baseball games and school plays are unfortunately missed. I must admit I’m so envious when I see grandmas and pas with their grands at the park, shopping or just doing little everyday things together. I always think to myself, “what a special bond they must have, I wish I could have that.” But I as I think on it a little more, I always conclude – I do have that a special bond. Maybe not as conventional as those I envy over but we do have a very special bond.
“Side by side or miles apart, grandchildren are always close to the heart.”
My oldest granddaughter, almost 17 (YIKES!! where did the time go) has spent a week or two each summer for the last 6 years. Those are such special times for us – we always do fun, crazy things, like the time we zip lined over Royal Gorge (crazy fun) or toured the Denver Performing Arts Center (educational fun), spent the day at the Renaissance Faire (magical fun) and then there’s always the movies and ice cream!
My grandson, now 13, has visited Colorado on family trips a couple times mostly because big sis doesn’t allow him to visit on “her time” in the summer, at least not yet. We were able to visit the Olympic Training center in Colorado Springs, Garden of the Gods and then explored the town of Manitou Springs, drinking spring water at each fountain throughout the town, Rockies games (which is tough on him since he’s a SF Giant’s fan) and ended our time together with, what else but ice cream!
We are able to see our youngest grands, age 8 and 6, quite often, we have all met in Disney World, once for Halloween – I was the Fairy “Grand” mother – and again for a special Mickey Christmas. And most recently our son and daughter-in-law surprised us by planning a trip to Breckenridge for a ski week. Skiing, dog sledding, coloring, puzzles, lots of laughs and fun, for sure! And guess what? Ice cream again the night before they flew home.
So I may be many, many miles from my grands, but we make the most of our time together and create the most wonderful, beautiful memories. We do have the most special bond!
“A grandchild’s hug lasts long after they let go.”