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Friday, Sep. 19, 2014

Missing the Kids

Posted Monday, November 22, 2010, at 4:31 PM

My heart goes out to all grandparents who are not fortunate enough to see their grandchildren very often.

I am afraid that I have come to the point where I feel their pain. We recently moved a few more miles north of Storm Lake into the Royal area and I had no idea that it would affect the time that I spend with my most precious girls. Even though I make my way to Storm Lake Monday through Friday, there is school to contend with, so no matter how close I am three of the four that live right here in the area, they are busy learning and for the most part my time to see the one that isn't is limited to a few moments here and there as work comes first while in town.

Add in the four that live out of the area and the heart strings are tugged a bit harder. You may not think that Sioux City nor the Ames area are too far, but when everyone becomes so busy with their own lives, it's hard to find time to get the hugs and kisses that I yearn for from the little munchkins. What is disturbing to me is that I hear that the girls are just as lonely for us as we are without them.

I was given the opportunity to slip over to Alta the other day to pick up a couple of hard working learners and the surprise on Madison's face as I stood outside her classroom door was warming. I was immediately given a hug and told repeatedly that I had been missed. Maddie took me to Abby's classroom and out came this girl that I hardly recognized! No it wasn't because she had chocolate on her face because she was given an ice cream sundae for being a good student, it was that I had noticed that she had grown and matured and that made me a bit sad because I missed along the way that transition. Just as her sister did though, there was that bright happy smile that I so missed.

I got a second dose of "Grandma I missed you" as I dropped the two Alta girls off in Storm Lake at their cousins. Finally I got to get that hug from Kenna that I so missed. They grow up fast enough while we sit back and watch, but when time lapses between opportunities to see a young one, it seems that those babies that I so proudly got to hold moments after their births have grown into little ladies...it makes me proud and sad all at the same time.

How will I feel when I finally get the chance to see Paige, Lexi, Madalyn and little Morgan; the chicks that live farther than 35 minutes from Gma and Gpa? It seems as though I have lost touch with what is important in life or what makes me smile repeatedly everyday when I look at their photos or hear about their days from their mothers.

Thank goodness for Facebook, cell phones and digital photography, without these modern conveniences we would all be stripped of those little pleasures of seeing the baby roll over or hearing her laugh, we would not be able to see their first snowman of the season, nor keep track of their progress in school. I feel better knowing that I am not alone in my yearning to spend time with my grandchildren, but wow, I really do miss those tight hugs and "I missed you Grandma"in a way makes me sad because no matter how good that feels, it would feel so much better to be able to spend more time with them.

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Trudy J. Schroeder
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