— by Mary May Larmoyeux —
Some of our grandkids are getting ready to move out of state. Of course, we will miss them greatly!
Yes, long-distance grandparenting is easier in today’s electronic world, but it’s still hard when our legacy lives hundreds or thousands of miles away. There’s just nothing like regular one-on-one visiting with those we love, is there?
Several years ago, a dear friend Rita shared some ways that she has enriched those so important out-of-town relationship with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She said: “With seventeen grandchildren, we were busy all year remembering birthdays and holidays. Often, we’d send photos of them taken on our last visit or a drawing with a made up story.”
I think Rita’s idea is great! When she first shared that idea with me, I had just spent some time visiting some of our out-of-town grandkids. Because of Rita’s idea, I mailed them a letter with some pictures of our time together and a note reminiscing my visit with them.
Here’s another idea: We could include a magnetic frame for the refrigerator when we mail the grands pictures of our last visit together. Or, we could draw a picture of something we did with our grandchildren when we visited. For the artistically challenged, like me, we could have fun with the drawing by asking our grandkids (over the phone) to answer questions about it until he/she correctly guesses what the picture represents.
What are some things that you do to help your out-of-town grandkids remember your special visits together? And if you have out-of-state grandkids, what are one or two ways that you connect with them?
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