My youngest granddaughter is 17 today.

I sent a card for both granddaughters. I always send a ‘thinking of you’, ‘sending a hug’, or a ‘smile’ to the other one. As I haven’t seen them for 11 years, I am hoping that they will keep their cards, and items from me. I give my daughter money to buy gifts.

I visited England 25 times, in 24 years, one being the year Mum passed away, and the last time was for a little memorial service for Dad. Then hubby had a cerebral hemorrhage, and benign brain tumor. I had the chat with the specialist that he might not come through this.

How could I leave him on his own after such a talk? So you see why some days are hard for me. My beautiful granddaughter is on the high end of the spectrum, with severe learning disabilities, so we are both unable to get together. I waited for my daughter to email me this morning my time, so that I could phone, and chat to both girls, and her. I have asked for photos of today, so that I can get them printed up.

I love Florida, and my husband, but it’s hard when I miss out on seeing the family. They don’t Skype or Facetime.

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay


  1. Happy Birthday to your granddaughter. I totally understand where you are coming from. My mother stays close to my stepfather, who has numerous health issues. My blended family of grandchildren range in ages from 25 to 1. Due to Covid, I have yet to physically see my youngest. God’s peace to the love you share with your family.

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  2. Happy birthday to her! I’m sure they will keep their cards. My grandfather was afraid of flying so I only got to see him once. I kept every card and letter he ever gave me – I still have them. I’m sure she knows how much you love her

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  3. I understand. I also can’t leave my husband. In some ways it is a blessing that I am here in Texas with the daughter who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. I would not be able to go to her which my heart would want me to do. Life sends what it does and we don’t get the choice but I’m trying to make the most of it. You are doing the same thing.

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