I have no choice by to adjust, right? I assume your kids left in their teens or in their 20’s. A gradual letting go, a progressive separation. Still difficult, I know, but my grandchildren, who are more like my children, are only 11 and 9. They haven’t begun the progressive and natural separation of puberty. They still wanted to hang out with us, give and get bear hugs, coddle and talk. They still thought we were amazingly smart and funny! Of course, that would have begun to change as they entered their teens but it hadn’t happened yet. That is the toughest part — they weren’t ready to let go and neither were we, but particularly me.

I appreciate your kindness, Randy.

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