I will forewarn you, Alexainie, it’s not easy. Losing the grandchildren may be harder, as it is for me. Our children typically leave as teenagers or young adults, unless there are custody issues or other family splitting problems. Even when they are older, it’s difficult but you know it’s time, you’ve been preparing mentally for at least a couple of years, and usually the kids are ready to leave the nest, ready to experience life.

But, with young grandchildren, it’s a different scenario. First, relationships between grandparents and grandkids are often more harmonious than between parents and kids. And, as is my case, the grandchildren didn’t want to go, didn’t want to leave us. My heart broke three times, once for me and once for each child. Of course, the fact they lived with us until last year makes it all the more emotional and life-changing.

I miss them every moment.

I was always a writer but lived in a bookkeeper’s body before I found Medium and broke free — well, almost. Working to work less and write more.

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