Gunny’s son, Jay plays high school football 12 hours away. We always go to visit them in October at the time of his sister Nikki’s birthday, so we get to see one of his games while we are there … and get to see Nikki cheerlead at the same time. And when we go for Jay’s birthday in January, we get to see him wrestle. Only twice a year … wayyyy less than we would wish for.
We do get to attend DD’s children’s activities a little more often because they only live four hours away, but it’s still just an occasional treat because of the distance.
It is sad for me that I know of grandparents who live in the same town with grandchildren but never attend their activities. It would be heaven for us if we were close enough to watch our grandchildren perform regularly.
So, may this be a reminder to grandparents who have maybe always lived close to their grandchildren and might be a little blase about going to their grandchildren’s games or plays. I encourage you to recognize the opportunity you have and take advantage of it.
Life is short and we need to constantly re-evaluate our priorities. Being as involved as possible in our grandchildren’s lives is an investment in their future, creating closer relationships with them and making memories for them that will last long after we’re gone.