Saturday, August 18, 2007

The Darlings

Here are O and E, two of my three beautiful grands. They are spending the summer on the Jersey shore and i am on my way to see them next Wednesday. I have not seen them since October 2005, which is the longest I have gone without seeing my kids and grandkids ever. I am very excited to see them and their parents!

It seems terrible to say that it has been that long since I have visited. It is really difficult to take care of an aging parent on the West Coast, work full time, and travel anywhere east of the Mississippi. Last night, while talking to my DIL, I realized that I have not gone anywhere but to my mother's since the last time I was in Philadelphia to see my son and family. Wow!

The good news is that my mother is doing better, her health has stabilized. We sold the second house when I was home in May, which removed a great deal of stress from her life. Other friends from the City now are helping by coming up every month to visit and do chores. Mom also has met a new woman friend who is in her seventies and drives. She has been taking Mother lots of places and they really enjoy one another's company. Overall, Mother is less isolated. Thank goodness.

So, I am off to the East Coast. I will be in Longport, NJ, which is nearby Atlantic City. I do not know if I will have an internet connection while I am there but I will take tons of pictures.

It is a rainy Saturday in St. Paul - I hope you have a wonderful day.


  1. Have a wonderful trip when you go back east to see kids and grandkids. Your grands are beautiful, of course. I'm glad to hear your mom is doing so much better.I didn't realize she was on the west coast, and I had forgotten that. I was with my 83-year-old sister four days this past week and will visit my 81-year-old other living sister in Las Vegas at the end of the month. These late years are so precious.

  2. I hope you have a WONDERFUL trip Suzann....and a lovely visit with your kids and Grandkids! So glad to read that your Mom is doing so much better...It surely makes a difference to not be so isolated and to have less burdensome things to worry about! Hope the weather is good to you back there, too!

  3. This is a trip you really need and deserve Suzann...what great fun you'll have with those sweeties. Enjoy every minute. One of my daughters just moved to NJ a couple of weeks ago...another thing we have in common.

    So glad to hear your mother is doing much better. It makes all the difference in the world if they can get out and about....and even better if they have a friend to do it with. Great news.

    Have a beautiful trip sweetie....

  4. Glad you're able to travel now to finally take even better care of yourself. Many commitments, along with responsibility for an ill parent can be challenging.

  5. good news in all directions! :-)
    safe winds!