Thankfully my youngest and only 'overseas' grandchild lives much closer than Australia but even Gibraltar seems a million miles away when all my other grandchildren have always lived 'round the corner' . I at least can visit him 2/3 times a year thank goodness I can't imagine how difficult it must be for Grans who have them so far away. Is that the case for you suvie?
Yes, one misses out on so much of their lives.I saw my grandsons this time last year as my daughter was seriously ill. She made a slow recovery from brain surgery, and it was a good time to be a mother and grandmother to them. Now I am counting the weeks before I see them again but it won't be until next spring. The air fares only ever seem to go up. We do talk on the phone regularly. They call me Rowdies...no idea why!
How lovely to have a grandson in Gibraltar, a great place and sunny too. I'm glad all the others are nearby, you must have a lot of fun together.
Its nice to hear you will get to visit soonish I've always wanted to travel to Australia but doesn't look like thats going to happen for me good news that your daughter is on the mend. My grandson is only 16mths so no talking on the phone yet its so nice to go visit with him but in between visits of course he forgets me. I have grownup grandchildren here so I can't complain as I've had the pleasure of them all growing up over the years, just one left who likes to 'play' with grandma and she is 10 soon but I'm already looking forward to great grandchildren as the oldest of them is now married and some of the others in relationships.. the 10 yr old loves to come for sleepovers and baking sessions and OH takes her golfing and fishing which she loves too...
I spoke to my 11 year old grandson this weekend and was answered with more grunts than conversation, my daughter thinks puberty is setting in. He's a lovely chap and when we are together we have some really deep conversations. The 4 year old is quite different, he was a little toad when his mother was ill but he's warmed to me over the phone. He has to be stopped from chattering too long. It sounds like you have fun with your 10 year old...
Yes, we came out to Australia to be with our family when our first grandchild was born and now we have two lovely granddaughters. For reasons explained in another thread we may be leaving, either to another part of Australia (5 hours flight away might as well be in a different country!) or back to the UK.
I don't know how I will cope if we leave them and I think they will miss us as we have become part of their lives not. Skype is OK but it's not the same as a hug. I don't know if I can do it, but although we love being with them it does not suit us here.