Filed Under (family, pictures) by Rachel on 26-05-2008

I have been lucky enough to have a really close relationship with my grandparents. When I was little I would go for week long trips to “Nana camp”, which was special 1:1 time with my grandmothers – I would go to one grandmother’s house while my brother went to the other’s house, and then we’d swap. I’ve got wonderful memories of that time. I’m trying to facilitate my daughters having that same bond with their grandparents, too.

When we moved from TX to CT, I had a lot of sadness about leaving a wonderful support system and fabulous friends. However, we ended up living 5 minutes from one grandmother, and 15 minutes from the other. Nothing is better than being there for people when they need you, and I was able to be there for them when my grandfather died and when my other grandmother was hospitalized.

Silver Bells

I’m incredibly lucky to still have 2 grandmothers – one is 85 and the other is 90. What I think is even luckier is that the girls are now old enough that they should remember my grandmothers for the loving people they are.

This morning my Nana M. (pictured here with my Grandpa Bob) had a stroke. She had some left side weakness, slurring of speech, and confusion. She’s improving, but it’s really upsetting, and now that we’re in MA it’s a bit longer than 15m to go see her. My mom and I are going tomorrow, though, and the girls will stay home with Bill for the day.

Prayers, vibes, and good wishes are all accepted for my grandmother. I’m worried, and I’m not ready to let go of her. That grandparent bond is a strong one.


Nichole on 28 May, 2008 at 1:29 pm #

“Nana camp” sounds like it was wonderful! Your grandmother will be in my prayers.

Post a Comment
    • A Gaggle of Girls

      About Me: I'm a Mom living a busy life with 3 girls (11, 9, 6) who have just started school for the first time, Celiac Disease, , Chronic Lyme Disease which acts like Fibromyalgia, job-hunting, 1 cat, 1 puppy in exile, and a lot of books as we stay with family in New England. We eat great, homecooked, allergy safe food due to our food allergies & sensitivities.

    • Current Reading

      Book and product reviews are on hold until the New Year. The book I am writing, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Dairy Free Eating, will be finished on 12/15/08, so reviews will resume after the holiday season.
    • Check out our other book reviews
    • Instant Book Gratification

    • Other Writing
    • Official NaNoWriMo 2007 Winner
    • Check out my Novel Excerpt Page
    • Wow, Awards!

    • IBS Tales Hope Award