Parting is such sweet sorrow

I find my eyes suddenly welling up with tears. No predicting when. I have no control.

Why? Good grief. You’d think I’d be used to this by now.

All because this morning we took three of our grandchildren and their parents to the airport for their return flight to America.

They hadn’t been with us for even 48 hours before they had to catch the plane. But those were some pretty tremendous 48 hours.

Last night while their parents packed the suitcases — remember what it was like to travel with children? How about three under five?! Internationally! — I noticed all three of them in various stages of getting ready for bed. They were watching a short cartoon on their Tato’s (Daddy) tablet so I jumped at the chance to get a photo with all three of them together. Not an easy task with three active grandchildren. Sneak up and SHOOT!
Kotiash kiddos
As soon as she heard the click of the phone camera, Elza turned around and smiled at me. Click, click. And I hurriedly moved across the room so as not to disturb the boys and their show.
Elza's reaction to camera
As I was silently admiring the pictures of the little ones, and chuckling at Elza’s response to a camera click, I felt someone brush my leg and then up popped Elza. Posing for me, up close and personal. Heart melt. (And the boys never even looked up…)
You know, I’m kind of glad that I still cry when we leave each other. I would never want these precious moments of coming and going to EVER become routine. I’m thankful for each time we can all be together and I cherish every minute.

No wonder my heart aches and the tears flow as soon as they are out of reach.

Per flight stats, they’ve been in the air for 4 hours and 38 minutes and have traveled 2125 miles. Halfway across the ocean. Maybe by the time they arrive stateside, I’ll have better control of my tears. That remains to be seen.

Praying for uneventful travel. And the luggage to arrive on their same flight!

And that we will be together soon! Anticipation of our next visit does help relieve some of the ache taking place today.

I guess it’s true. You know, what Shakespeare wrote: Parting is such sweet sorrow…

Currently there are "8 comments" on this Article:

  1. Anna says:

    You know you’re loved when Grammy gives up ‘her’ chair!

  2. Joyce says:

    Your grandchildren are beautiful, and I understand your “sweet sorrow” in seeing their departure. But it is also “Better to have loved and (kinda!) lost….!”
    I have had handfuls of grandkids here for the day to the point of sighing with relief when parents came to pick them up. Then. the second they’re gone, I want them back so badly! I suppose there’s no love as complex as that of a grandparent!

  3. Grandma Kc says:

    I am one of the lucky ones, my granddaughter is only one very short mile away and I get to see her lots. Sadly I know way to many grandmas who don’t have it so good! I can’t imagine being 2100+ miles away from her. At lest in this wonderful technological age as they get older you can spend lots of time screen chatting. It is NOT the same but it is certainly an improvement over letters that take so long to arrive and don’t carry with them the wonderful voices of the writers. Just stopped by from Grandma’s Briefs and Joyce’s blog and glad that I did!

    • Marianna Peipon says:

      Thanks for stopping by. Yes, you are one of the lucky ones! It looks like I may have two months in a row this summer with these precious ones (plus our two other grandchildren who live in the same town with them) and I.cannot.wait! Looking for fun projects and adventures to do with them. And, God bless technology!!

  4. Suzanne says:

    I’d like to say “good-byes” get easier, but they just don’t. I am not a weepy person but when the Grands and I part ways, I’m a mess. Long-distance grand-parenting is SO much better with technology-I love Skype-but I do wrestle with aching longing for their hugs, kisses, sweet laughter, and exuberant energy!

    • Marianna Peipon says:

      Oh, Suzanne, I am in total agreement. Thanks for commenting…I’ll be looking for tips and wisdom from you!!

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