Grandparents Denied Access to their Grandchildren

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Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

Every year at this time, I receive correspondences from estranged parents and grandparents who express sadness about missing their adult children and grandchildren at Thanksgiving. One estranged grandmother wrote that she found herself resenting all the ‘happy, happy people and their happy families.” Her perception […]

Reverence

Reverence

As I walked my dog this afternoon, I realized that I too often take the beauty around me for granted. We walked along a cliff and watched the waves as the sun slowly set over the ocean. It was sublime. I experienced a sense of […]

Keeping it Simple

Keeping it Simple

“What do you like doing best in the world, Pooh? [asked Christopher Robin]… “What I like best in the whole world is Me and Piglet going to see You, and You saying ‘What about a little something?’ and Me saying, ‘Well, I shouldn’t mind a […]

Sacred Peace

Sacred Peace

This year, for the first time in my life, I chose to spend Christmas Eve alone. It was a bit strange at first, (probably because of old habits and precedents set over the years), but somehow it felt right. On Christmas Eves past, I celebrated […]

Recovering My Voice

Recovering My Voice

The following excerpt from ‘The Journey’ by Mary Oliver is apropos of the estrangement I have been experiencing for over six years. I am on a ‘journey,’ one where I struggle to find my voice again as I continue to work on silencing the internal […]

A Birthday

A Birthday

I have a birthday coming up and I have been reviewing my life. If I died tomorrow, what would be left unfinished, especially when it comes to matters of the heart? What do I want to say, to write about and to whom? Where do […]

Choosing Life

Choosing Life

I am taking my life back. I have given my son and his wife enough of my time, thoughts and sorrow. I have cried enough tears, I have lost enough sleep. I will no longer sacrifice my health, my peace of mind or my vitality […]