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August 24, 2013

As Time Goes By: The grandchildren will do better than I could ever do


Once in a while they will bring you up short. I’m not wild about massaging the computer all day, so I peruse the daily email, answer what needs answering and, with the press of the “delete” button, flush the rest into the ether.

Once in a great while, I take a look at Facebook. I found the vita of one of my grandchildren and started reading until I got to “marital status.” There was a simple notation that she was married. I was flummoxed! I never got any announcement. I quickly emailed her and asked her, “What gives?”

Her response: “It was a lark” — she had married her friend’s cat to give it an “identity.” She almost gave her old grandpa a heart attack!

But then there are the moments that are heart-wrenching. Just prior to my heart surgery, we had called the family together to let them know what’s what in case I don’t make it.

One condition was that grandma was going to take all the grandkids to Disney World. I was astounded when they told me that they wanted me to be with them in body, not spirit. We decided to make the trip while I was still alive, but unfortunately Disney World was priced beyond my “still alive” budget. What could we do? We started to look around and got the idea of a family cruise. Everyone was ecstatic!

We started planning eight months in advance. First with the cruise line and bookings for 22 people; then came transportation to and from the boat. Everything that could go wrong did. By the time we boarded, I was a bundle of nerves.

The grandchildren had the time of their lives, and it was a joy sitting at a large table being fed as only a cruise boat can.

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