Why Modern Day Grandparenting Is So Hard
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I sometimes wonder what it'll be like if Clay and I ever do find a way to occupy the same latitude and longitude for more than a few weeks or months at a time. Will we take each other for granted? Forget to call? Annoy each other in the petty ways that parents and adult children who live in close proximity often do? And this: can geographic proximity heal the fissures that rent us apart, each in our own way, so long ago? I hope that someday we'll have the chance to find out.
Until then, our lives will continue to be a little bit like the video my son shot of his daughter running toward the Eiffel Tower—each of us turning around every so often to make sure the other is still there.
Barbara Graham is a regular contributor to Utne Reader and the author of Women Who Run with the Poodles (Avon, 1994).