Grandparents Denied Access to their Grandchildren

abandonment

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve

Some say that ever ‘gainst that season comes Whereon our Savior’s birth is celebrated, The bird of dawning singeth all night long. And then, they say, no spirit dare abroad, The nights are wholesome, then no planets strike, No fairy takes nor witch hath power […]

Doing My Best

Doing My Best

The longer this strange and terrible estrangement goes on, the more blind corners and hairpin turns I come up against. I think I’m doing ok, then I receive a video or see a picture and I feel like I’m skidding off the road into a […]

Talking Out Loud

Talking Out Loud

This first morning of spring, as I walked along a mountain trail, admiring the black-eyed-susans flowering prolifically down the hills, I began to talk out loud. Luckily, there was no one else about, so I felt free to speak as loudly as I wanted. It […]

Past, Present and Future

Past, Present and Future

I’m sitting here at my desk, listening to the distant rumble of thunder. While looking out the window at the darkening sky, I am jolted from my reverie by the sudden, intrusive grind of an electric saw. There have been numerous times when I have […]

Endings and New Beginnings

Endings and New Beginnings

Last night, sitting on my deck, I watched the evening settle in over wildflowers, trees, and rooftops. As the sky darkened and shadows lengthened, fireflies began to twinkle. Day was done. Everything ends, we know this. The relationship with my daughter-in-law ended. The easy, loving relationship […]

What About the Children?

What About the Children?

“Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle star-dust over the lives of little children.” ~ Alex Haley When I think of the horrendous reality of being banished from my son’s family, my thoughts often turn to how unnatural it […]