Greetings From Chilly Washington DC!
Only the pull of our precious granddaughter would take us away from temperate S. California and toward chilly, chilly Metro DC in the winter!
But one of the very wonderful things about being retired is the ability to visit our granddaughter on a very regular basis even though she and her mommy and daddy relocated here to Metro DC about 18 months ago. Previously they lived much closer to us in San Diego County, an easy 90 minute drive from our home, so it was a massive adjustment for all concerned when they moved to their current home.
We were our granddaughter's caretakers during her first year, after which my daughter took a year off from teaching to stay home with her. So to say we are very, very close to her would be quite the understatement. Since they've moved east, we've flown out approximately every two to three months to see our girl, staying anywhere from a week to a month each time, and Skyped and FaceTime'd weekly in between. The result of all of this time, money, and energy is that our now-3 year old granddaughter literally launches herself into our arms each time we arrive, and happily goes anywhere and everywhere with us during our visits.
Although being with her for an extended time can be exhausting - So. Much. Energy! - it is also completely wonderful. What a gift to have a little person absolutely love to be in your presence due to receiving your absolutely undivided attention! And now that she's able to more clearly communicate her many thoughts, our collective enjoyment has climbed to a whole new level. So many wonderful moments this visit already, and so many more still to come as we are increasingly able to plan more and more complicated things to do together.
The only negative? The wrenching difficulty of saying 'Goodbye' after each visit. But we still have a few more days together to go, so I don't have to think about that just yet!
Make it a great day wherever you are!