Fate, time, or: FaceTime

A gogyohka

raised an only child
across the ocean from loving grandparents
never [not once!] imagining such a fate
was awaiting my future children

41 thoughts on “Fate, time, or: FaceTime”

  1. It is wonderful to read that your mom was able to have an extended visit. Safe travels to her.
    Technology does have its benefits – keeping families connected. Facetime was not around when my daughter spent the first five years of her life away from grandparents. I know how hard that can be.

    1. Yes, we’re incredibly lucky in this generation to have Skype, etc… it makes a tremendous difference! โค โค โค


      1. Pervasive technology has its downsides, but when it comes to connecting people the benefits outweigh those. In my opinion. ๐Ÿ™ƒ

        Happy weekending to you and yours! ๐ŸŒž๐Ÿ’–

  2. Twist of fate! Children can grow up without grandparents, but growing up is a lot nicer when the grandparents are around โ€“ usually.

      1. I just did David, and so perfectly true ๐Ÿ™‚ and the “innocent” little children are perfectly capable of manipulating the advantage of grandparents presence in their favour, I see in many cases!

  3. mini haibun, Daivid your piece reminded me of a situation when my best woman friend visited me in Wales, 20 years ago; we were driving behind this car…
    in the car behind
    the car with 2 old women
    that’s us, soon

      1. David, of course; and; the scenario(s) like ‘back to the future…’ is something beautiful to act-in in Psychodrama.

  4. Poignant, David. Iโ€™m glad your mom was able to visit and got to spend time with your daughterโ€“but Iโ€™m sure you must miss her, too.

  5. David, thank you for valuable insight expressed so poetically. Children need to see and interact with their grandparents. This benefits the parents as well. When the children see how mommy and daddy love and respect grandma and grandpa, they will do the same for their own parents as adults.

  6. It’s hard to be away from family. Children grow up and fly the nest. I have a son who moved to New York City. I don’t get to see him very much. I’m lucky all my grandchildren live close to me. It would be hard if they didn’t.

  7. It’s a great thing we do have technology such as Facetime. It makes things a little easier than they would have been in times past. I hope grandparents and grandchildren get to see each other in person some time not too distant.

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