2010年10月30日土曜日

thank you obaachan

Not only do we live a long way from my family but also a long way from K's. His parents live about 7 hours drive north of here so we don't see them so often. This is sad for the girls and especially hard as living either in the same house or at least the same block of land as your grandparents is more the norm around here. So they hear lots of stories about what their friends did with their grandparents on the weekend or where they are going with them next weekend and every now and again we get the 'why can't we live with our grandparents, too?' talk.

I know both sets of grandparents wish we lived a lot closer too (although probably not in the same house!) and they go out of their way to do things for the girls. My mum sends them random non-birthday non-Christmas letters and cards and little gifts and we skype most weekends. K's mum sends them postcards and calls and writes letters, too.

And this week she took a total of 6 trains and around seven hours and I shudder to think how much yen to come down here for Amy's kinder's grandparent's day. Well, day is rather an exaggeration. More like grandparents' morning. From 9-11 the kids bring their grandparents to kinder and do some dances together and perform some songs for them and introduce themselves and their grandparents to everyone. It's really not that terribly exciting but due to the close proximity of most grandparents it has a 99. something attendance rate... And obaachan knows this from previous years. And she didn't want to disappoint Amy or make her feel left out and lonely so she schlepped it all the way down here. Thursday night to Saturday morning. A whirlwind trip. And K and I both had work things we couldn't wiggle out of for part of Friday so K took the morning off and I took the afternoon off and we juggled it around and it all worked out somehow but only just and she was still so pleasant about it all. Travel all that way and the family doesn't even make an effort for you? ouch....

But look at this photo:


We took Amy out of kinder for the remainder of Friday so she could come home with obaachan and spend some time with her. Obaachan was happy, Amy was thrilled, the kids watching Amy leave were envious, the teacher thought it was sweet and it just made me realise why obaachan didn't mind coming all that way for little more than a day.

But I still really appreciate it.

Thank you Obaachan.

5 件のコメント:

Gina さんのコメント...

What a truly and honestly awesome obaachan your girls have!

And that first paragraph you wrote, is exactly how it is at our house too. With Noboru's whole family in Osaka. : ( Like you said, granted wouldn't exactly want to live in the same house or anything but living closer would be easier for days like these (meaning for the kids school events)

Love that picture of Amy and her grandma. And nice of her to get to spend the day with obaachan as well.

Sarah さんのコメント...

After a number of pieces of bad news this weekend and being in the my-family-is-too-far-away dumps, this post made me tear up! Sniffle! Glad your girls are so lucky to have a wonderful obaachan who doesn't let a little thing like distance get in the way!

Tigermama さんのコメント...

There's really nothing like a grandma's love. Just look at that picture!

sassymoo さんのコメント...

From the look on Amy's face, i have no doubt that grandma didn't mind making the long trip at all. So happy that Amy got to take her grandma to kinder!

Bryn さんのコメント...

Aw, that's so sweet! I'm glad she made the trip, A looks so happy!