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A Thank You to Grandparents
Warmer weather has arrived. Baseball, softball, and lacrosse seasons have been in full swing. And, for many public school students, the final days of the academic year are approaching. With vaccines now being distributed to a broader section of our population, it finally feels as though the pandemic is behind us. For the first time in over a year, we can begin to safely schedule birthday parties, family gatherings, and dare I say, travel plans.
Yes, summer is upon us. I, for one, could not be happier to welcome the sunshine, the opportunity to plant flowers and grow vegetables, and to take the kids to the pool. But, before I do, I’d be remiss not to thank, from the bottom of my heart, my children’s grandparents and all of the grandparents out there, who helped while the kids were virtually learning.
For an array of reasons, my children have been exclusively learning from home since March of 2020. Beginning this academic year, each set of grandparents had our children in their homes for one day a week, so that my husband and I could work remotely, without the interruptions of logging on and off of Google meets, entertaining the kids during their respective (and never coinciding) breaks, and being in charge of lunch and recess. In the end, we all got into a rhythm where we were fairly autonomous during the day, but for awhile there, it was, to put it simply, hard. Challenging. Frustrating. Well, you get the point.
But every Monday and Friday, they might as well have been wearing capes and flying to the rescue because, like a flash of lightning, our kids, along with their Chromebooks, chargers, and mounds of books, were out of the house for the day. With their magical powers, the grandparents sharpened their technological skills, became reacquainted with how the younger generation is learning math, and took walks and roller skating jaunts during recess.
As I always say, it takes a village to raise children. When you are lucky enough to have grandparents in town, it’s a win-win-win for the kids, parents, and the grandparents. This year more than ever, my children savored their time out of the house and came home re-energized and refreshed after a day with their superhero grandparents.
I am optimistic that my children will be back to school full-time in the Fall and free from the restrictions of COVID-19. I am also hopeful that until my children have the opportunity to be vaccinated, they will resume a sense of normalcy in camp, where they will socialize with their peers and enjoy a ton of outdoor activities. In the meantime, if you were in the same, rocky boat as me this year, please consider taking the time to thank the superheroes who helped get you through to safe waters. This year was a huge reminder about the importance of health and family. Perhaps you’d like to treat your parents to getting their estate planning documents in order. Or, perhaps you’d like to do the same for yourself. If I can ever be of assistance in any family law, estate planning, or other legal matter, please do not hesitate to contact me at 410.659.1325 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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